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These are the people who oversee MMA???

While the write-ups on Chael Sonnen’s steroid defense hearing certainly get into a lot of the nitty gritty regarding what Chael told who and when, few managed to capture the vibe from the meeting. Here’s Midsy with a taste:

Then again, from the looks of Thursday’s California Commission hearing, there may not be any states with strong athletic commissions: California’s commission is supposed to be one of the better ones, but on Thursday the Commission members looked unprepared and unable to run their own hearing. In addition to seeming only vaguely aware of what their rules are, Commission members referred to Sonnen as a boxer rather than a mixed martial artist and revealed at various points that they didn’t know who UFC President Dana White and Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer were.

My favorite part was when the 80 year old dude on the board seconded the motion to cut Chael Sonnen’s suspension in half, and then 10 seconds later asked “Who seconded this?” RED SHIRT DRAGON LADY was also entertaining in her antagonistic ways, for example interrupting Chael’s council every 2 minutes to say he only had 25 / 23 / 20 minutes left to make his case.

The fact that the verdict seemed rushed through so councilmembers could have a recess was also quite rich. While the one guy on the board who seemed to know what he was talking about (the only one who cited concern that the TRT defense is like a permission slip to juice) kept telling the others this was an important case that sets dangerous precedents, the others were too busy praising Chael or sipping on a soda from Subway to care. After a 2-2 vote to uphold the original suspension, they immediately offered up the half-suspension and passed it 3-1. JUSTICE IS SERVED!!!!1


  • Omomatta

    If that would have been the first item up, Sonnen would have served the full 12 months. How can one person just up and leave in the middle of the hearing? They wanted the fuck out of there. If anyone noticed, the doctor that was on the panel wanted to string Sonnen up and wasn’t buying any of his quack doctor’s bullshit.

    Old Man Winter “Who seconded this?”
    Tom Jones: “You you looney motherfucker. Chael, where’s my check?”

  • frickshun

    I’ve never jumped on the “bitch about the AC” bandwagon. But this is a fucking embarassment!!

  • augbesian

    LOL old man winter. I was thinking Benson.

  • GoldenArms

    That doctor looked pretty raggedy. I would have thought he owned a surf shop.

  • Reverend Clint

    The People’s Republik of Kalifornia is full of dumbasses… ut so is the rest of America

  • P W

    “How can one person just up and leave in the middle of the hearing?”

    He had a PLANE to catch, goddamnit. He had to BE somewhere, all right? What was he supposed to do? Book a later flight? Please.