Chael Sonnen receives Two Years Probation and $10,000 Fine for Money Laundering ChargesPosted on April 8, 2011, 06:34 PM by Joey Santosus
The U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon has handed down UFC Middleweight Chal Sonnen's penalty for his January 3rd guilty plea to federal money laundering charges.
According to MMAFighting.com, U.S. attorney's office spokesperson Gerri Badden revealed the terms of Sonnen's sentence Friday, which includes two years probation, a $10,000 fine, and the revocation of his real estate license.
In exchange for entering the guilty plea earlier this year and admitting his involvement in a fraudulent financial transaction related to a shady real estate deal, Sonnen was able to avoid the possibility of maximum sentencing that carried up to 20 years in prison, as well as a $500,000 fine.
Sonnen has also recently finished serving his six-month suspension, which was mandated by the California State Athletic Commission after the Team Quest fighter tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following his UFC 117 loss to division Champion Anderson Silva..
Though Sonnen was expected to make his return at UFC 128, his contract with the promotion was "frozen" pending the completion of his court proceedings. With both his sentencing and suspension now behind him, the Oregon native will have to take the necessary steps to re-obtain a fighter's license before resuming his Mixed Martial Arts career.
Who the consensus number two Middleweight in the world may face next is unclear. However, among the list of competitors who have asked for a shot at him, Michael Bisping appears to be front-runner, as Sonnen recently revealed an email sent to UFC match-maker Joe Silva, wherein he specifically asks for the match-up.