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Sonnen’s in the penalty box for at least a year

Clearly the body of a 93-year-old man.  (Pic props: MMAjunkie, obviously)

Of course the big question about Chael Sonnen’s “indefinite” suspension from the California State Athletic Commission was what exactly does that mean?  Forever and ever and also forever, or just a year or a few months or what?  It was thought by some that he might be able to reapply as early as June 29th when his California license expires, but good ol’ Ben Fowlkes got the CSAC to clear things up.  Sorta.

CSAC executive officer George Dodd told MMA Fighting on Thursday that the soonest Sonnen could reapply for a fighter’s license is May of 2012, though he could apply for a second’s license to corner other fighters sooner.

“One of our rules, in our Title IV [of the California Code of Regulations], stipulates that you have to wait one year after an appeal of your suspension or revocation of license. And since he appealed this [on May 18, 2011], it’s one year from the day of denial.”

Wait, it gets better:

If and when Sonnen does reapply for a license in the Golden State, Dodd said, he would have to show the commission proof of his rehabilitation, much like Josh Barnett was asked to do in his recent CSAC hearing.

“[Sonnen] is going to have to show that he’s done something to promote the sport, promote goodwill,” Dodd said. “He does a lot of good things already. He talks to kids and stuff like that about making right decisions. But he’s going to have to show that he’s making the right decisions as well. You can say it, but you have to make those decisions yourself.”

I’m not sure that making Sonnen talk to kids and do ” target=”_blank”>proper fucked until at least mid-2012.  With no fighter license, no realtor license, and no TUF coaching gig, I guess he’ll be reduced to teaching classes at Team Quest to make a buck for the next while.  Aww, poor criminal.

  • FiveBoltMain

    little baby jesus is putting the smackdown.

    how soon ’till the ufc cans him?

  • frickshun

    Funny write-up Ryan. You must’ve gotten the brand name potato chips for breakfast this morning!!

  • agentsmith

    ^ Ryan?

  • frickshun

    If Ryan isn’t going to acknowledge you, then neither am I!!

  • G Funk

    Boom Shakah!

  • kvelertak

    apparently now he can reapply in JUNE.

  • glassjawsh

    I am sick of hearing about this. Like Jesus this had been over saturated to the point that I lost interest.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I’m so sick of this honky juice-bag.