Chael Sonnen May Avoid Prison Sentence; Will Face Akiyama At UFC 128

Yesterday it was revealed that Chael Sonnen had plead guilty to a money laundering charge related to mortgage fraud and as a result could face a maximum jail term of 20 years and a fine of $500,000.

Luckily for the former No.1 contender at 185lbs in the UFC, it appears that his sentence on March 26th is likely to be far less severe.

Reports suggest that due to a plea bargain prosecutors will now look for Sonnen to be handed a two year probation, a fine, and be stripped of his Realtor license.

It also appears that Sonnen’s UFC career will continue regardless of the troubles in his personal life, and he’s now expected to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128 in New Jersey on March 19th, just a week prior to his sentencing.

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