Chael Sonnen receives Two Years Probation and $10,000 Fine for Money Laundering Charges

Posted on April 8, 2011, 06:34 PM by Joey Santosus
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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.


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  • Uzdlaundry
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    IM FIRST!!!

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  • garry_blackbelt
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    its really good too hear that your comin back sonnen ! yes !

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  • Uzdlaundry
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    This is awesome, he'll be back dry humping his way to a title shot! Chael "The Snuggie" Sonnen is BACK!!!

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  • Rigo
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    Dry hump? if there's a wrestler in all MMA worth watching fight

    is Chael Sonnen!!

    He made the 2010 Fight of the Year!!



    So happy he will be able to come back !

    and can't wait to see him bury Bisping !!

    Reply 3 years ago
  • Jamie Kennedy
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    @ Uzedlaundry - And what's Silva gonna do? River Dance his way to another title defense?

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    I hope those last two posts are not indicative of your contributions to Lowkick generally.

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  • garry_blackbelt
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    yes he is ! and you must be a bisping fan ! lol

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  • Uzdlaundry
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    Maybe a front kick to the face? Or a uppercut elbow, perhaps a flying knee? ... What will Chael do? ... get a decision? yep thought so.

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  • falcon4917
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    That was funny, but on a serious note he is good enough to do it too if he wanted.

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  • DaddyLongStrokes
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    Chael Sonnen went for an arm triangle, and it looked as if he was able to sink it in but abandoned it to ensure he had top position. Odds are he will decision Silva but I wouldnt throw out a win via submission such as an arm triangle or RNC.....Silva knockout is possible, but question is can Silva stand long enough to set up a knockout blow?? Fight can go either way

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    Hard to do a front kick to the face with Sonnen smothering you with GnP. Don't get me wrong, I'd rather watch a stand up fight with transitions to ground and back up. Silva is great but he didn't do any of what you mention to Sonnen.

    Reply 3 years ago
  • D
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    The real question is how much did Silva's injury affect him in the last fight. If it was just a bullshit excuse, then Chael will. beat him up again, and I don't think he will get caught this time. If he was really hurt, then he will probably do a much better job defending takedowns and get the KO. That is if they fight again.

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    Mousasi, you are correct. I'm not taking anything away from what you say but, if you are hurt either take the fight and shut up or drop out. I hope they fight again. I'm a big fan of Silva's skill and Sonnen's drive (and humor).

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  • theashark
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    you guys forgot that chael actually rocked silva standing up, a few times, so his stand ups decent, and he killed okami in their fight too

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  • 7damia31
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    he wont need to, he will just slap on another triangle. chael has absolutly no submission defence. anderson only went for one sub and he got it.



    nuff said

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  • griffin
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    he has pretty good stand up aswell and actually tries to finish guys with GNP unlike Fitch or maynard

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  • BigAlRIz
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    He was on the winning end of the 2010 fight of the year right. He was winning the first 4 rounds and then I turned it off because i knew he wasn't going to choke in the final round.

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  • Warcrazed
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    you cant HONESTLY tell me you think that was actually the fight of the year?! the only thing that made it fight of the year is the fact that chael got tapped out with minutes left in the fight wen all he had to do was avoid the sub or KO to win. If anything, it was "Embarassment of the Year" for Chael Sonnen. just saying, the guy is a piece of S***, calls out Lance Armstrong saying he gave himself cancer, then gets caught on the exact thing he was badmouthing, he tries to cheat the system (and gets caught) and now is going to try and talk his way back to a title. I say give him AS his first fight back. Lets see how he does a second time.

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  • maximumsjd1980
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    @Warcrazed......you said it well my man. Good summary!

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  • austinvermillion
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    only because he wrestle the best fighter in the world if it would of been anybody else match would sucked

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  • garry_blackbelt
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    sonnen is a world class wrestler ! with really good hands ! got a mouth but can back it up ! as we did see 2010 silva on his back for 5 rounds gett the crap beat out of him ! :)

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  • Riddle-jitsu
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    Them guys are always trying to finish are you crazy? fitch tried to kill BJ in round 3.



    20 years in jail is heavy for money laundering..... It pays to be famous and have a huge backing i guess

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  • Jamie Kennedy
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    Sonnen will be Middleweight Champion late 2011/early 2012, mark my words!!

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  • Uzdlaundry
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    Ok I will, and I'll be back to rub it in you're face

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    King of what?

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  • Jamie Kennedy
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    @Underdog - The Uncrowned King; The Diamond in the rough. After he beats a hole in Spitsbing, he's gonna lay another beatdown on silva.



    @ Uzedlaundry - Mark it on your calender, jot it down on a notepad, tattoo it on your forehead... I don't care. Just Remember it!!!



    All Hail King Chael!!!



    haha



    ;)

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  • Uzdlaundry
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    And I will return to rub it in you're face

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    @ Jamie Kennedy - We'll see what happens.



    I guess If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying.

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  • griffin
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    cant wait till sonnen finishes wat he started and dethrones Silva

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  • falcon4917
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    Actually it was finished. He has to start again now.lol.

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  • biggsko
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    **** all these hatters man sonnen is ganna lay the ass whoopin of the decade on silva after he burries micheal the coward spitsbing 6ft under sonnen will take the belt and destroy silva everybody says sonnens one dimension well the one demension is silvas weekness good old fashiond american wrestling again **** the hatters all hail king chael

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  • falcon4917
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    You need a real role model man. IF he was your King he would rip you off and cheat you out of everything he could to gain from you. Chael says F**k the fans.

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  • pound4pound
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    Jamie you are puting your faith on a guy that could not finished a guy who had broken ribs even when he was on roids, what makes you think he will get the W this time, he will tap again or get KTFO by Silva if he ever gets another chance at fighting him...

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    P4P, Silva is the greatest fighter in the world but like Rua and many others before him Silva can be beat. Silva is the closest anyone has come. That makes him a contender. It will be a great fight.



    By the way, it doesn't matter if he is on steroids. What matters is what his level is. If he has been treated from low up into the normal range then who cares? What we care about is a guy who goes from normal and roids up to above normal. Don't blindly throw out the "roid" comments. You're smarter than that.

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  • falcon4917
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    Nobody is blindly throwing out the ''Roids'' arguement because even with them you should be within the limits of normality and in reality shouldn't be administered anyway because your either a real testosterone filled man or not. Chuck Liddell has long arms and others don't but that is life.

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  • DaddyLongStrokes
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    Wisest words ever typed on Lowkick. Haters gonna hate because they know Sonnen has Silva's number. Sonnen era is taking shape

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    Jamie,



    I like that. You have the same kind of nerve that Chael has. I'm with you bud.

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  • falcon4917
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    The nerve to cheat, steal, rat and claim your the champ.

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  • falcon4917
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    Mark my words Chael will be cheating at something in his life again. He will be less likely than ever to be legit now that he has gotten away with 4 times the normal testosterone levels.

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  • 7damia31
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    sonnen era starting at 35 years old... i dont think so.



    he aint no natural.

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  • falcon4917
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    Thats the wisest ever typed.lol. Set your sites higher than that man. Even if Chael pulls off a win over AS he will not beat everyone else that AS did. He will lose to 1/3 of the fighters he faces.

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  • DaddyLongStrokes
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    Maybe....maybe not yet. If there will ever be another Natural it will be another olympic type wrestler....such as Hendo and Sonnen.

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  • Uzdlaundry
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    Mediocrity?

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  • thealex
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    chael youre a beast, no matter how crooked

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  • Hit2Hurt
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    I'm a big Sonnen fan. But I love Matt Lindland's quote, when talking about how people love to point out how you're not this perfect person and you do make mistakes. Matt goes "Not me though, I know what a scumbag Chael is." lol. And so do all of us Sonnen fans. We just don't care, cuz like it said earlier in this thread, if there is one wrestler worth watching, it's Chael.

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  • ahhhhhhhhhhhh
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    10k fine lol, anyone not in media spotlight - jail





    chael had everything going for him in the first fight

    -really got to silva mentally

    -was roided up

    -was fighting someone with (reportedly) injured ribs

    -was underestimated



    in a rematch

    -silva would be more focused

    -chael would be off roids

    -silva would probably delay the fight if he gets an injury

    -everyone in the world knows what chaels gonna do



    he had his shot, all the stars lined up for him and it wasn't enough, probably wont ever get that close again

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  • mrmanuelhung
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    with all those bullet points it looks like a presentation to seek investors or something. i will not be investing in your company

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  • Hit2Hurt
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    Everyone already knew what Chael was gonna do the first time. And he said what he was gonna do for months leading up to the fight. Only thing that could change this time in his gameplan is Chael may try to do even less striking if possible, except maybe in the very beginning.

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  • Warcrazed
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    Am I the only one that watched Silva toy with Chael for the first 3 rounds? Dropping his hands, not guarding up, and just letting Chael "love tap" him? Rewatch the fight, ya he surprised Silva once, but that was once. I guarentee u would see a completely different fight the second time around, where Silva will finish inside the first 2 rounds

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    Well... safe to say his political career is over.

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  • Thang
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    And he cheated in both of them while others are still Unemployed. Life....

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  • D
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    This is America. If you're unemployed, you're either not looking hard enough, or you're to proud to accept the jobs that are available to you. That's all there is to it.

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    Funny that over 10% have been trying for years and still unemployed then, and I know quite a few people whos unemployment has run out and they still cant find anything...

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    a view only held by people in steady jobs or those who had the necessary upbringing and contacts to be able to fall into employment without lifting a finger.

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  • maximumsjd1980
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    Chael Sonnen is an embarrassment to the sport....I think he should have been fired or at least suspended for a long period of time. I mean its only fair compared to what happen to Thiago Silva! I hate the double standard in the sport...they are both worthless in my opinion!

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  • odesahitman
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    Chael "The Cheat Sonnen put on a great display against Andersson Silva.



    If he really is so good, I wonder why he had to resort to steroids? If he were so confident about his money making ability, I wonder why he had to cheat the IRS?



    Some people might argue that these actions expose deeper insecurities, whether Michael Bisping could expose these insecurities is another question.



    I

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