Chael Sonnen’s six-month suspension with the CSAC for having high levels of testosterone in his system during his championship bout against Anderson Silva at UFC 117 ended today. MMA Fighting’s Mike Chiappetta confirmed that Sonnen has paid the $2500 fine that accompanied the suspension, but he still needs to appear before the commission to get his license back.
“If Mr. Sonnen wants to be licensed here in California, he will have to appear before the commission to regain his license,” Dodd told MMA Fighting in an email. “Every other state will have to make a determination on their process for licensing Mr. Sonnen.”
Dodd told MMA Fighting that Sonnen does not yet have a date scheduled to meet with the commission.
Of course, there’s also Sonnen’s ongoing situation with the federal government that needs to be resolved before he gets back in the cage. As you probably remember, Dana White put Sonnen on the bench while he gets his “personal issues” worked out, referring to the federal money laundering (mortgage fraud) charges he plead guilty to earlier this year. Sonnen is scheduled to be sentenced on Mach 28, but assuming the judge accepts his plea deal, he will only be forced to pay a $10,000 fine and serve two years probation.
In other words, Chael Sonnen has a couple more hoops to jump through, but he should be cleared to fight sometime this summer, if not sooner. Now that’s what you call bi-winning.