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Chael Sonnen’s Legal Issues

Chael Sonnen’s is still batteling with legal issues.

The UFC middleweight contender was set for court on Monday for sentencing for a guilty plea to federal money laundering charges stemming from a real estate deal in 2006. The UFC then froze Sonnen’s contract until the situation is resolved, and were awaiting this sentencing before Sonnen moved on with his fighting career.

However, Sonnen’s court appearance has been rescheduled back to April 8 at the U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore. Sonnen is expected to receive two years of probation and a $10,000 fine, along with having his real estate license revoked as part of his plea deal.

Sonnen hasn’t fought since his fifth round loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 last August. Which he was winning the fight.  He tested positive for steroids after the event and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for a year, though he appealed that result and had it reduced to six months, a time he has now completed. Hopefully we will see him back in the UFC and I would love to see the rematch to fight for the title once again.

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UPDATE: Chael Sonnen to appeal pre-UFC 117 positive steroid test result with the CSAC

Chael Sonnen’s camp has finally broken their silence somewhat after the news broke that Sonnen had failed his pre-UFC 117 drug test for performance enhancing drugs.

Ariel Helwani at MMAFighting.com reports that Sonnen will appeal the failed drug test with the California State Athletic Commission and will release an official statement soon.

Sonnen’s manager, Mike Roberts, told Helwani, “It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission. Chael is consulting with his legal advisors and physicians and will have a statement in the near future. Chael will an appeal with the CSAC and looks forward to working with the Commission to resolve this matter.”

Sonnen’s appeal will likely be heard at the CSAC’s December 2 meeting, and if he’s successful in reducing the suspension currently imposed on him until Sept. 2, 2011, his bout with Anderson Silva may yet take place.

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