Yesterday Chael Sonnen’s current suspension by the California State Athletic Commission was upheld after a hearing, but at the time it wasn’t clear exactly how long it would keep the controversial fighter from competing in the state.
Today it emerged that the ruling means that Sonnen won’t be able to re-apply for a new license for a year – May 18th, 2012 to be precise.
That’s a massive blow to Sonnen’s MMA career as the ruling made by CSAC is likely to be inforced by other commissions around the country.
At the age of 34, and having already spent the best part of a year on the sidelines after testing positive for Testosterone at UFC 117 in August of last year, it may well be that Sonnen’s claim yesterday at the hearing that he would be “effectively retired” as far as the UFC was concerned if he didn’t get have his suspension lifted is a distinct possibility.
There could still be a way to get back him into the Octagon however. Though his supension is likely to hold firm in the U.S, Sonnen could still fight in other countries around the world in the mean time.
This is unlikely to please CSAC in particular though when he eventually does return to apply for a new license, and it’s questionable whether the UFC would be willing to be a part of it.