Chael Sonnen issued a new suspension by the CSACPosted on May 10, 2011, 08:37 PM by Joey Santosus
It appears top Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen will face yet another roadblock on his way to returning to the Octagon.
Though Sonnen had hoped to regain his license in the UFC's home state of Nevada, a meeting between himself and the NSAC has been cancelled in light of a new suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Commission.
As of March 2nd, Sonnen had completed his previous six-month suspension issued by the CSAC as a result of a positive drug-test, presumably freeing him up to return to action once he was squared away in Nevada. However, CSAC executive director George Dodd revealed to MMAWeekly.com, that the Team Quest fighter has now been placed under indefinite administrative suspension by the commission.
"It’s based off two things. One, his pleading guilty to his felony conviction up in Oregon, as well as possibly providing false testimony during his hearing back in December," Dodd explained. "Chael completed his suspension for the athletic commission just recently, so he still had time on his license here in California, and what we did, we put him on a California State Administrative Suspension for the remainder of his license, until he appeared before the commission."
Sonnen is currently scheduled to appear before the CSAC to appeal the suspension on May 18th.
On the heels of testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone following his failed attempt at dethroning Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117, Sonnen faced federal indictment stemming from a money laundering case. As a result, his UFC contract was "frozen" pending the completion of his court proceedings, which came to an end in April when the Oregon native pled guilty and, in exchange, avoided maximum sentencing.
Attempts to contact Sonnen and/or his management have went unanswered. Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more information as it becomes available.
Photo: Chael Sonnen at the UFC 104 Weigh-Ins in Los Angeles, California on October 23, 2009. Francis Specker