Chael Sonnen returned to court today to plea his case before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) in hopes of having his fighting license reinstated. Unfortunately it was only more bad news for the Oregon Republican as the suspension remained after a 4-1 vote among the panel took place.
Sonnen’s license was originally revoked in California after a failed PEDs tested revealed that Sonnen had used testoterone replacements not approved by the commission in his fight against Anderson Silva. Only making matters worse, Sonnen told the committee in a prior meeting that NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer said it was ‘okay’ to use TRT replacements, which Kizer would deny digging an even deeper hole for the middleweight.
Now with his suspension remaining indefinitely at this time Sonnen feels it may be the end of his MMA career. Here is the highlights via MMAMania.com:
- Keith Kizer testified regarding conversations he had with Matt Lindland and the phantom conversations he had with Chael Sonnen.
- Sonnen testified and said he never intended to make it sound like he had a conversation with Keith Kizer before confirming he never spoke to him nor the other commission director or commissioner regarding testosterone use and exemption. He stands by his testimony back in Dec. 2010, though.
- Sonnen confirms that UFC is planning on making him a coach for the upcoming season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) opposite Michael Bisping. The winner of their fight later this year would receive a title shot.
- Sonnen states that if he doesn’t get his license today he’s “effectively retired and that comes from Dana White.” Chael wells up when saying he just wants to go back to work and doesn’t want to retire.
- Chael claims he needs testosterone for “survival” and he has the testosterone of “a 93 year-old man.”
- After being asked about his testosterone treatment, Sonnen says he’s taking it to this day and is monitored at least twice a month.
- Sonnen’s camp attempted to allow a declaration from Matt Lindland but California would not allow it.
- In the closing arguments, Sonnen gets painted as a liar and a man who cannot be trusted. He is “always looking for someone else to blame,” according to Deputy DA Karen Chappelle.
- Sonnen’s lawyers paint him as a man who is a “fundamentally good person.” They also ask the commission to consider Dana White’s words that if no license is obtained, Sonnen is effectively done in MMA.
- The motion to uphold the indefinite suspension passes by a vote of 4-1. The indefinite suspension remains. And if Sonnen’s earlier words ring true, this just might mean he is retiring from MMA. Stay tuned.