It looks like “The American Gangster” might not be testing his hand in submission-only fighting after all.
Earlier today the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) revealed they plan on fining Chael Sonnen $250,000 per drug test violation should he compete in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu promotion’s fourth event.
The former UFC middleweight and light-heavyweight title contender/disgraced drug-user is expected to meet BJJ standout Andre Galvao in the main event of Metamoris 4 this weekend (August 9, 2014). But, the NSAC plan on stopping that from happening…. despite grappling not actually being fighting.
Jeremy Botter provided the news via his twitter account:
“NSAC director Bennett did not want to discuss Sonnen story this morning at their office due to ongoing circumstances. Multiple sources confirm NSAC has threatened to fine Sonnen $250,000 per failed drug test violation if he competes at Metamoris. Sonnen camp’s contention is that grappling is not fighting and suspension shouldn’t cover it. Sonnen has hired Vegas lawyer Ross Goodman to represent him in the case.”
The news will come as a huge blow to Sonnen who found himself out of a job as a Fox analyst when he was sacked for his multiple-failed drug tests. Recent odds have the 37-year old as low as a +1600 underdog against Galvao; they may drop down even more now.
When asked if they would get involved in the situation, the California State Athletic Commission responded: “no, it’s not full contact.”
Asked CSAC’s Andy Foster if he planned to get involved in Chael Sonnen/Metamoris situation. “No, it’s not full contact,” he said.
— C.J. Tu??le (@kidceej) August 4, 2014
The NSAC’s attempt to block Sonnen competing will not be straightforward, however. The commission have no grounds to block the former fighter from competing on as grapplers aren’t licensed as fighters and they are not drug tested. So blocking a Jiu-Jitsu match is out of their jurisdiction.
But the fact that they are trying is more bad news for Sonnen.