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Chael Sonnen’s chances of getting licensed in Vegas

So you’ve got two choices: you can get excited that Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen is still happening in Vegas, or you can wallow in sadness because another UFC mega-thingy just got less mega. I haven’t decided which I’m gonna choose (i <3 wallowing) but the new poster for UFC 148 certainly pushes me more towards the excitement side of things. Plus, it sounds like there’s a very good chance that Chael Sonnen is going to be licensed by the NSAC!

You may remember that Chael has spent the last six months fighting in regions with sketchy commissions. Better that than heading back to California or Nevada, where the lies he told during his 2010 steroid suspension hearing still had some people mad. So what’s the status of that? Here’s NSAC head Keith Kizer talking to Sherdog:

Chael is now being quite clear with people that he and I never talked. He’s making that quite clear, and that any comments made before that we had talked were untrue. Dana White even came to me and said, “Keith, I know he lied about you. He lied about me. He lied about Marc Ratner. He lied about [UFC doctor] Jeff Davidson; but that’s who he is.” I said, “Well, that’s not good enough for me, you know, Dana. So, well, Dana, I appreciate that, but that’s not good enough for me.” Those guys want to deal with it, it’s fine, but I’m in my position; we have to deal with these fighters and we have to trust what they tell us, especially on health and safety stuff. So, you know, the good news is, yeah, he’s done his time, he’s made quite clear that any misinterpretation of his words that he and I had spoken is incorrect. And I appreciate that.

It’s not quite 100% smooth lube entry though. Via USA Today:

“Last time, I would not issue (Sonnen) an administrative license, so that forced him if he wanted to to go to a hearing,” he said. “He chose not to do that – probably the wise move.”

“This time, I don’t see a problem giving it to him administratively, but that would be the chairman’s call. If he says, ‘Keith, you’re free to do so,’ I will do so. If he says, ‘Keith, I want him on a commission meeting,’ he’ll be on a commission meeting.”

Don’t forget that Chael will also need to jump through some hoops to get a Testosterone Replacement Therapy exemption. You know, so he can keep injecting synthetic testosterone leading up to his middleweight title fight.

  • Reverend Clint

    i think that light in the poster is the gay coming out of both cruz and faber

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    It’s great that Keith is fine with a person lying under sworn oath (to the state government) as long as it’s clear to everyone that the sworn testimony was perjured. Chael served his time for steroids, but I would think that perjury would require some sort of action – especially considering that Sonnen is a felon who is still under probation for Real Estate fraud.

  • Giallo

    why are only certain people allowed testosterone injected in them? just cause they asked, might as well make it fucking legal. and how stupid does that make people who do it without asking? just ask ya fucking idiots. 

  • Jeremy

    Chael will be licensed and he’ll defend his title. So stoked.

  • Jeremy

    Chael will be licensed and he’ll defend his title.

  • Reverend Clint

    do they host anything at the MGM Grand other than UFC events?

  • agentsmith

    Basically all you need to do is get a doctor’s note, like Sonnen did.  Except his doctor is a family practitioner educated in osteopathy (so he’s a “DO” not an actual MD), with no background in either endocrinology or sports medicine, and his practice is in a small town about 90 miles away from Portland.  So there’s obvious red-flags that Sonnen basically went shopping out in the country for a quack who’d sign off on a TRT script, but apparently that doesn’t matter.

  • drunkenjunk

    I think they do magician shit like copperfield and comedians. Mayweather’s next fight is there.

  • glassjawsh

    “(i <3 wallowing)”

    for about a 2 years fightlinker was literally 90% wallowing

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