Chael Sonnen’s long-awaited return to action in the UFC has once again hit a snag after the California State Athletic Commission made the decision to re-suspend him following recent developments.
Sonnen had originally stood before a CSAC commission late last year to appeal against his year suspension after testing positive for Testosterone prior to his UFC 117 fight with Anderson Silva.
The meeting initially appeared to have gone well for the outspoken middleweight fighter, with his suspension being cut in half, but further problems have arisen since.
Firstly, the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Keith Keizer objected to Sonnen’s testimony at the CSAC hearing that he had spoken to the fighter directly and given him approval to use Testosterone for medical reasons. Sonnen has since confirmed that he mispoke, and that it was his manager who had spoke to Keizer.
Compounding Sonnen’s problems is the fact that this year he was convicted of money laundering, a charge for which he received a suspended sentence.
As a result NSAC recently stated that Sonnen would have to go before a hearing and explain himself before they would grant him a license to fight again in the Octagon.
Now it appears that CSAC have followed suit, and he will now have to appear before them again as well to explain both his false testimony and money laundering charge before they will give him permission to fight.
The CSAC hearing is set for May 18th in Los Angeles, while a seperate hearing with NSAC is now on hold pending the results of that meeting.