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Old 04-08-2011, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Chael Sonnen Sentenced to Probation, $10,000 Fine

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Chael Sonnen can finally start looking forward to the next phase of his life after a U.S. District Court handed down his penalty for a guilty plea stemming from a money laundering case.

U.S. attorney's office spokesperson Gerri Badden told MMA Fighting that Sonnen was sentenced on Friday to 24 months probation, a $10,000 fine, and forfeiture of his real estate license as the result of his Jan. 3 guilty plea.

In his plea, Sonnen admitted that he was part of a financial transaction that was conducted or designed to disguise the ownership of funds due to wire fraud. The charge had carried a possible fine of up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Sonnen was sentenced in the case by Judge Michael W. Mosman in the district of Oregon's Portland courts.

The sentencing hopefully closes the latest chapter in a rocky road for the UFC middleweight contender, who back in August was just minutes away from capturing the championship before submitting in the fifth round in a fight against Anderson Silva. Afterward, Sonnen's drug test came back with high levels of testosterone/epitestosterone, leading to a steroids suspension that has since been served.

His contract was eventually frozen by the UFC, with company president Dana White saying Sonnen would not be in the company's plans until he took care of his legal problems.

Though the terms of his probation are as of yet unknown, Sonnen's management team has voiced a hope that he could re-start his career soon after sentencing. Fresh off his steroids suspension though, he will likely have to appear before any state sanctioning committee to earn a fighter's license before officially returning to the cage.

Sonnen (25-11-1) turned 34 years old last week.

http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/04/0...in-laundering/
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh yeah, forgot the trial was concluded today. He got what everyone figured he would get, not surprised. Bring on Bisping vs. Sonnen.
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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heh, what a joke.

only a $10,000 fine?
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bring him back, Dana.

BRING! HIM! BACK!
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Woo hoo! Time to coach the Ultimate Fighter
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Good i need my Sonnen fix.. time to get him back in action..
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If that's true I hope to god it isn't against Bisping. That'd be SUCH a waste.


Let him smash Bisping and then do TUF against Silva! America vs. Brazil maybe or some other garbage.
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If that's true I hope to god it isn't against Bisping. That'd be SUCH a waste.


Let him smash Bisping and then do TUF against Silva! America vs. Brazil maybe or some other garbage.
As long as Bisping gets smashed I'd be all for it
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You guys do realize that this isn't the reason why he is not coaching TUF, it is because he failed the drug test against Silva.
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Old news, that. He was cleared, and indeed that suspension is already up.

All he need do now is clear up this issue with Keith Kizer-bun and we're back in business.

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