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Chael Sonnen, Returning from Exile at UFC 136 Against Brian Stann

Written on July 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Chael Sonnen will finally end his 14-month exile from action, as he faces Brian Stann on October for UFC 136.

Last Wednesday night, UFC President – Dana White – confirmed that Chael Sonnen will finally end his 14-month exile at UFC 136 against Brian Stann.

Chael Sonnen was put on the sidelines following his middleweight battle against reigning champ, Anderson Silva, at UFC 117 last August 2010. His post-fight drug test resulted to positive when his urine sample came back with high testosterone-to-estrogen level. Eventually, the California State Athletic Commission shortened Chael Sonnen’s one year suspension to six months. However, due to misleading statements to the commission, CSAC gave the middleweight fighter an indefinite suspension. UFC also froze Chael Sonnen’s contract while working on his money laundering case.

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Chael Sonnen’s Indefinite Suspension is Over

Written on June 30, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The CSAC has lifted Chael Sonnen's indefinite suspension. However, the fighter is still required to face the commission if he wants to get a second license.

California State Athletic Commission’s indefinite suspension for one-time middleweight contender – Chael Sonnen – comes to an end last Tuesday. In relation to this, the fighter’s manager – Mike Roberts – said that a meeting today in Las Vegas will reevaluate the direction of the fighter’s career.

CSAC suspended Chael Sonnen indefinitely last May due to his inconsistent statements in a December 2010 appeal for a one-year suspension. The one-year suspension, which was later halved to six months, was issued in relation to his positive post-UFC 117 drug test result. Following that, Chael Sonnen was charged of money laundering. Hence, the decision sacked a job offer for Chael Sonnen to coach opposite Michael Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter season 14. In lieu of him is the latest UFC talent, Jayson “Mayhem” Miller.

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CSAC Ruled Miura vs DeJesus a ‘No Decision’

Written on June 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After an appeal filed to the California State Athletic Commission, the Tachi Palace Fights bout between Russ Miura and Isaac DeJesus has been motioned to “no decision.”

After Isaac DeJesus tested positive for Marijuana following his bout against Russ Miura at Tachi Palace Fights, the latter’s management team made an appeal last May 6 at the California State Athletic Commission. Then on Monday, the CSAC made the ruling to ‘No Decision’.

CSAC executive – George Dodd – explained that because the Tachi Palace Fights tournament had taken place, they could not rule a bout to no contest. Hence, the commission opted to call the bout a No Decision. Under Section 386 of the California Code of Regulations, the commission can overturn the decision in a fight. Based on the recently amended rules, a bout can be overturned in case a participant tested positive for a banned substance.

Fortunately, the motion was seconded and carried without further interruptions.

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Grand Prix at California, Impossible Because of Josh Barnett’s License Issue

Written on June 20, 2011 by Lulu

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After having trouble in getting his license to fight Fedor Emelianenko for Affliction: Trilogy at California, Josh Barnett is still having an issue with the California State Athletic Commission that brings the Grand Prix out of the said state.

After the quarterfinals of Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix last Saturday night at Dallas, Strikeforce CEO – Scott Coker – was already talking about plans for the semifinal round, which will take place some time this fall. Scott Coker also added that they’re open to anything, except for the state of California where Josh Barrnet still have […]

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What Lies Ahead of Chael Sonnen?

Written on May 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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From one case to another, Chael Sonnen's future is now in doubt after the CSAC indefinitely upholds his suspension.

Last Wednesday, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) voted 4-1 to uphold an indefinite suspension for the UFC middleweight fighter, Chael Sonnen. The decision now makes it impossible for the fighter to coach at the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter, opposite Michael Bisping.

Last April 19, the CSAC announced that Chael Sonnen was indefinitely suspended for two violations of the California Code of Regulations, Title 4, Section 390. The UFC middleweight talent was deemed to have violated section 390 by making untruthful statements under oath at a December 2 hearing, and for pleading guilty to a money laundering charge in Oregon on April 8. Last Wednesday’s hearing focused on Chael Sonnen’s guilty plea for money laundering, a month after his six month suspension was lifted. In addition to this, the commission also paid attention to the fighter’s claim about his alleged conversations with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Officer, Keith Kizer.

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Chael Sonnen, to Appear Before NSAC on April 27

Written on April 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Chael Sonnen is once again facing the NSAC officials in a formal meeting on April 27. Will he be able to acquire his fighter's license this time?

Chael Sonnen will have a formal chance to clear the air with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as the middleweight contender will appear before the commission on April 27. The five members of NSAC will decide whether they will grant the fighter a license and cornerman’s license or not.

A majority vote from the NSAC will allow Chael Sonnen to fight in the Nevada state, as well as corner other fighters.

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Chael Sonnen, to Answer for Testosterone, Referee Criticism and More

Written on April 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Chael Sonnen has a lot of questions to answer if he wants to het his feet back on the Octagon. And that comes with a big 'if'.

Three weeks ago, Chael Sonnen’s fate as a TUF 14 coach was likely sealed. After that, the middleweight fighter met with the officials of Nevada State Athletic Commission to explain his statements about his post-UFC 117 drug test result and application for a second’s license.

But Chael Sonnen’s application for a second’s license seems unlikely, now that UFC president – Dana White – pointed out that the middleweight fighter has a small chance of becoming TUF 14 coach.

What lies ahead for Chael Sonnen?

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CSAC Suspends James Irvin

Written on March 03, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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The allegation is now clear. James Irvin failed his drug test and CSAC now suspends his license.

After James Irvin failed his drug test, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended his license to fight in MMA. His drug test came back positive to an anabolic steroid called Epitrenbolene Metabolite of Trenbolene.

The CSAC learned of the test results last December 23, 2010 and immediately suspended James Irvin’s license, with an retroactively applied deferment to December 3, 2010. His test was observed in the presence of a CSAC representative. The sample was delivered to the World Anti-doping Agency test facility of the University of California. James Irvin has the right to appeal for the suspension of his license.

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Chael Sonnen vs Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128: Under Considerations

Written on January 05, 2011 by John Paul Vill

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Suspension, money laundering, UFC 128 plans unclear---what's next for Chael Sonnen?

Chael Sonnen got another blow to his life. The UFC middleweight who’s currently under suspension from the California State Athletic Commission pleaded guilty today of federal charges of money laundering. A charge that has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine – according to a press release issued today by the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Oregon.

The sentence is said to start 10 days after he is expected to face Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128. It is still undefined whether the potential imprisonment will affect his bout’s possibility. However, Oregonian reported that Sonnen has reached a plea deal with the District Attorney that will end up in a two year probation along with a $10,000 fine and the revocation of his Realtor license.

UFC 128 takes place March 19 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and features a light heavyweight title bout between champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and former champ Rashad Evans.

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More Details Before Sonnen’s CSAC Hearing

Written on December 02, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Chael Sonnen is facing the toughest match of his life at the California State Athletic Commission. Will he succeed or will he fail his appeal in front of the authority?

A month before the UFC 117, Chael Sonnen had plenty to say. He keeps on talking about his capability to dethrone Anderson Silva in the title match. Over 20 minutes into the fight, he was making good on his pre-match boasting until Silva caught him with a fifth-round submission. Since then, Chael Sonnen remained mum as a positive drug test precipitated.

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