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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 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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The 2011 Predictions for MMA

Written on January 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This year definitely starter with a bang for MMA. Year 2011 started with big stories like Chael Sonnen's money laundering case, and with events like UFC 125 and the upcoming UFC 126. What's in store for MMA this year?

While people are still pre-occupied tallying up their “best of 2010″ list, or catching up with what they missed last year, it’s time to look forward and see what 2011 has in store for Mixed Martial Arts. So far, UFC has booked a couple of events until April, while Strikeforce has an upcoming heavyweight tournament. But more than that, here are Fighting Insider’s thoughts of what 2011 has in store for MMA fans across the globe.

Check out our 2011 Predictions for MMA after the break.

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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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Weekly Roundup: Vera, McKee, GSP, Couture, and Sonnen

Written on January 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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This week's roundup is all about your favorite fighters that made some noise these past few days. And Fighting Insider is talking about George St-Pierre, Randy Couture, Brandon Vera, Antonio McKee and Chael Sonnen.

This is a new habit here at Fighting Insider, as we bring you the most controversial news from our site this week. But more than that, Fighting Insider will also include the hottest updates from your favorite MMA sources. As if Fighting Insider is not one of your list, eh?

This weeks roundup is all about your favorite MMA fighters that made some noise last week — in a good and not-so-good way. From fighters that will be making another step inside the Octagon, to names that is heading out of the promotion, to a guilty Realtor that’s giving up his license to the authority — Fighting Insider got it all here!

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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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