As we’ve already covered, Chael Sonnen will have to obtain a fight license from the NSAC if he hopes to fight Anderson Silva on Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas. In most cases that’s just a formality, but with Sonnen it’s anything but given his issues with both the CSAC and NSAC for the past year.
The issue stemmed from testimony Sonnen gave to the California commissioners last year, claiming that NSAC director Keith Kizer had given him verbal approval for a TRT use exemption in a previous fight. Kizer, however, denied ever having any conversation with Sonnen, let alone one about TRT, and claimed that Sonnen would need to resolve his issues with the CSAC before he could work things out in Nevada.
Well, fast forward six months and Sonnen still hasn’t made nice with either commission. So where does that leave Sonnen for a possible rematch with Anderson Silva in Vegas?
That’s a good question because Kizer isn’t talking about it anymore. When asked by Fighter’s Only what their stance on Sonnen was now, Kizer gave the equivalent of “no comment,” only saying that any fighter could apply for a license on Dec. 1.
“Any applicant may apply for a 2012 license as of December 1, 2011,” Kizer responded.
“I cannot really comment beyond that, but I am always hopeful that any applicant can meet his or her burden to obtain a license.”
At the moment, the only person talking about it is Dana White, and he doesn’t understand what the big f-ing deal is.
“Chael Sonnen has paid his dues (and) has done his thing, has done whatever. Floyd Mayweather fights in Nevada. This guy’s been arrested. He’s got 50 lawyers defending him right now and all that crazy stuff and he’s fighting in Nevada. Don’t even get me going on that one. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t license Chael. It shouldn’t even cross my mind. The thought of whether Chael could get licensed in Nevada or California or anywhere else should be the least of my worries. The guy did everything that he was told to do. When guys like Floyd are getting licensed in Nevada, why should I have to worry about Chael?”
Whether Chael has “paid his dues” or not, it’s still up to the commission to license him and you never know what they’re going to do. So for now it’s still a big question mark.
With the application date established though, the problem for Super Bowl weekend is the UFC will probably want to have the main event nailed down by then. It would be awful risky to sign the fight not knowing if Chael could get licensed or not. Maybe they could have some kind of preliminary meeting with the NSAC to figure out whic direction they’re leaning, but beyond that, I really don’t see them taking that risk. That coupled with Anderson Silva’s shoulder issues and general reluctance to agree to Sonnen’s wishes makes me think Silva vs. Sonnen II is very unlikely for Super Bowl weekend.