After attending a California State Athletic Commission today Chael Sonnen has had his year’s suspension from the sport of MMA for steroid use reduced in half to six months. The original fine of $2,500 remains.
That means Sonnen could be back competing in the UFC by March 2nd of 2011, having already effectively served three months of the suspension.
During the hearing it was revealed that Sonnen required regular testosterone injections since 2008 to combat Hypogonadism, which causes low testosterone levels. His lawyers revealed that Sonnen had disclosed his treatment to the commission in the past.
Sonnen then cited embarrassment at having to reveal the nature of his condition in front of a room full of fighters as the reason for his failure to disclose it on one particular form prior to his fight at UFC 117, but confirmed that he had spoken to CSAC Executive Officer Keith Dodd about it instead.
A motion to uphold the original year suspension saw the commission unable to agree, voting 2-2, and so a further motion to half it was then proposed and confirmed by a 3-1 majority.