In less than a year, Chael Sonnen has talked a lot of smack, disrespected basically everything MMA stands for, gotten submitted (yet again), involved in a very shady PED scandal, and now, after pleading guilty for money laundering at a Oregon courthouse, Chael Sonnen has been suspended.
Yes, it's true. UFC president Dana White has finally spoken on the Chael Sonnen money laundering issue. Chael Sonnen is suspended from his fighting duties in the UFC, for now.
When reports hit the Internet last night of Sonnen pleading guilty in a money laundering case involving his real estate dealings in Oregon, lots of readers raised the question--will he continue to fight in the UFC?
Well, apparently not, or at least not for now, says Dana White.
The very outspoken MMA promoter told TMZ this afternoon, "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.
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."
The bout between Sonnen and Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128 in March 2011 has obviously been scratched from schedule and so far no one has been mentioned as substitute for Sonnen or even if Akiyama will continue to participate in the card.
Will this be an attempt from UFC management to just let this cool down to then bring Sonnen back into the rodeo without much fuzz from the fans?
How much this situation has or could have damage the image of the UFC?
How will Sonnen's sponsors react? How will UFC sponsors react in the event of him making it back?
What do you think?
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Originally posted at The MMA Truth.
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