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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 Wants to Fight Rampage at UFC 130

Written on April 16, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It seems that Chael Sonnen will really fight any man God has ever created, even though they belong from another weight class.

Although Chael Sonnen has been out of action since August, he always had his eyes on the fight game. And now that Thiago Silva was pulled out of his UFC 130 match against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the middleweight is willing to get into the spot. According to his manager, Mike Roberts:

“When Rampage’s initial opponent went down before all this fiasco was going on, before Hamill stepped in to take the fight, when that went down I was with Chael and he was like ‘I’d love to fight Rampage.’ And I was like, ‘but you’re at 185-pounder’ and he was like, ‘I’d fight him in a heartbeat,’”

Chael Sonnen actually spent a part of his career at 205 pounds. And if Anderson Silva decided to retake the road at light heavyweight, then he’d be just as happy to have their rematch at that division. But before any superfights come up, Chael Sonnen still needs to fix things with the Nevada State Athletic Division before he can go back to fighting.

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Thiago Silva: Suspended and Fined by the NSAC

Written on April 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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For every offense, there is a sanction. Hence, Thiago Silva will be suspended until January 2, 2012 and will pay a fine of over $30,000.

Upon his admission of using steroids and providing fake urine sample for the UFC 125 pre-fight drug test, Thiago Silva has been suspended for one year. In addition to this, the Nevada State Athletic Commission fined him a total of $33,750.

The 28-year-old fighter told the NSAC that he took a prescription steroid during the training camp for his January 1 match against Brandon Vera due to an injury. It should be remembered that Thiago Silva was inactive inside the Octagon for over a year prior to UFC 125 due to an injured back. He then attempted to mask his usage by providing a fake urine sample that he bought online. Thiago Silva’s act was caused by the desperation to return to the action because he was “completely broke”.

That said, Thiago Silva’s license revocation will run until January 2, 2012. He wouldn’t be able to reapply his license until he serves the full suspension. As for his fight against Brandon Vera, the match was officially changed to a no-contest.

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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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Thiago Silva Admits Use of “Urine Adulterant”

Written on March 31, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In an era where professional athletes have gone so far as to lie under oath in regard to their use of performance-enhancing substances, Thiago Silva is taking the exact opposite approach.

After NSAC revealed that Thiago Silva’s urinalysis showed an inconsistent result, the light heavyweight fighter admitted that he used an “urine adulterant”. In addition to this, the fighter said that he’ll accept the commission’s punishment and will come back as a changed man.

“We make decisions every day of our lives. Some are good, and some are bad. When you make a bad decision, you can either make the situation worse by trying to cover it up or lie about it, or just stick your head in the sand and refuse to acknowledge it even happened. Or you can own up to it with an honest explanation, accept the consequences of your actions, apologize to the people affected by it, learn from it and move on. I’m choosing the second option.”

Thiago Silva pointed out that he doesn’t want to make an excuse for his behavior. However, he did hope to offer an explanation for taking performance enhancing substance and masking the results of his UFC 125 drug test. Thiago Silva’s case will be heard before the NSAC on April 7.

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Thiago Silva’s UFC 125 Urinalysis is Inconsistent

Written on March 30, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After further investigation, the Nevada State Athletic Commission concludes that Thiago Silva's drug test was "inconsistent with human urine." What now?

Last Wednesday, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director – Keith Kizer – confirmed that Thiago Silva’s drug test sample was “inconsistent with human urine”.

Just a refresher: Thiago Silva defeated Brandon Vera at UFC 125 via unanimous decision last January. But after that, he was scrapped from a UFC 130 bout against Rampage Jackson due to a positive drug test result. However, Thiago Silva’s initial test was flagged and further testing confirmed that the result was inconsistent. That said, the 28-year-old fighter is temporarily suspended until the April 7 hearing.

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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’s Career is Not Yet Over

Written on January 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"His career is not over. It's far from over, I can promise you that. This is just going to get Chael more time to get better and when he comes back he's going to be coming back with full intention of getting that belt." --- Mike Roberts, UFC Fighter Manager

Though Chael Sonnen is in UFC hiatus, his manager, Mike Roberts, pointed out that the fighter’s career is far from over. Chael Sonnen is finishing up a steroids suspension, and awaiting another sentence for money laundering. According to Mike Roberts, Dana White’s decision to temporarily suspend the fighter’s contract was mutual. The UFC president believes that it would be best if the fighter gets his life back together before returning for a fight.

Last week, a news broke out that Chael Sonnen pleaded guilty of money laundering in relation to mortgage fraud. Now anticipating his sentence, the UFC fighter already gave up his license and paid a $10,000 fine. And instead of facing 20 years in jail, Chael Sonnen is expected to receive a two-year probation sentence. Though Mike Roberts is not at par on legal stuff, he assured that fans will not see Sonnen behind bars. But whether he’ll comeback to UFC as a contender, that remains to be seen. But one thing is for sure, Chael Sonnen will return inside the Octagon with the full intention of getting the middleweight championship belt.

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UFC Suspends Sonnen After Money Laundering Conviction

Written on January 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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"Chael Sonnen has gone through a lot in the last few months, and we think it's important for him to focus on getting his personal life together before focusing on his career in the UFC." ---Dana White, UFC President

While Chael Sonnen is currently serving a sentence from the California State Athletic Commission for his failed UFC 117 post-fight drug test, he plead guilty of federal money laundering last Monday. And with his dilemma continuously mounting, UFC President, Dana White, revealed that the fighter has been suspended by the promotion.

As of the moment, Chael Sonnen was sentenced with a six months probation and a $2,500 fine by the CSAC. Subsequently, the US District Attorney’s office is seeking a two-year probation for the fighter. More over, Sonnen has agreed to surrender his realtor’s license and pay a $10,000 fine.

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Chael Sonnen: Guilty of Federal Money Laundering

Written on January 05, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC fighter Chael Sonnen, recently in the spotlight for a suspension related to a failed drug test related to UFC 117, plead guilty to one count of federal money laundering last Monday.

UFC fighter, Chael Sonnen, is once again in the spotlight after pleading guilty to one count of federal money laundering last Monday. He admitted that a financial transaction designed to disguise the ownership and control of proceeds of wire fraud occurred.

The money laundering is sentenced up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 fine. Based on the report from The Oregonian web site, the government is recommending two years of probation for Chael Sonnen. More over, the plea deal requires the fighter to give up his Realtor’s License in addition to a $10,000 fine. Sentencing for the federal money laundering is set on March 28 — less than two weeks after UFC 128.

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