The twists and turns in the Chael Sonnen saga keep coming. The latest news is that the UFC have now suspended the fighter following yesterday’s court case in which he plead guilty to a money laundering charge relating to mortgage fraud.
At roughly the same time as the original story broke word had emerged that Sonnen was being targeted to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128 in March, but that plan has now been scrapped and the 34 year-old’s UFC contract has been, “frozen,” for the time being.
“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,” White told the TMZ site today. “I spoke with Chael earlier today and he agrees that setting priorities in his life is the best thing for him right now. I sincerely hope Chael is able to straighten out his personal life.”
Meanwhile it’s believed that prosecutors will look for a two year probation period, plus a $10,000 fine and the removal of Sonnen’s Realtor license when he is sentenced for his crime on March 28th.
Alongside his latest charge Sonnen has also been dealing with a positive steroid test following his title fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 117 back in August. That led to a 12 month suspension, though he had it reduced to six months on appeal in December.