During his interview with Ariel Helwani earlier this week, Chael Sonnen said Keith Kizer had four specific issues that needed to be cleared up before Sonnen could hope to get re-licensed in Nevada. Kizer did an interview himself following that and laid out exactly what he was looking for. From Pro MMA radio, transcribed by MMA Mania:
“There are four issues involved here. One is his PED use. He’s claiming now that he used testosterone for fights here in Nevada. Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. I don’t know. I’m not even sure if I believe that. His tests came back negative. He wasn’t over the ratio. His T/E ratio was 16.9 (in Oakland). We have a high cut off ratio here of 6.0 and he wasn’t above that when he fought in Nevada. Maybe he was in a situation where he’s thinking ‘I’m in a world title fight, I need to do something special.’ We’ve had that with other people in world title fights where guys have a lot on the line and they get caught.”
“The second thing is being dishonest. Not to me, but to the California commission. That’s who he was disrespectful for.”
“The third issue was with the referee. That ties more to the second issue. It’s a person’s character. Sonnen after the meeting wrote me a long e-mail and he told me he wasn’t honest with people after the (Paulo) Filho fight (in the WEC) and he had verbally submitted and he’d been frustrated because he’d been doing so well. It was out of frustration of being so close to the belt. There are still people to this day who think he got screwed over for that fight, that he hadn’t yelled out in pain … Even now though, it’s been months since the hearing, I haven’t heard anything publicly from Sonnen admitting that he hadn’t spoken with me. It’s one thing to criticize if a ref does a bad job but just lying about what happened is never an acceptable situation. That comes into play as well. What can be done, if anything, going forward especially if you have no public correction of the mis-statements.”
“The fourth issue is his legal case. Every fighter has to list on their applications if they’ve ever committed a felony and he has to check ‘yes’ on that now because he pleaded guilty. That’s the least of the issues but these are all serious issues. The people that know Chael Sonnen and know Keith Kizer didn’t believe him over me. You hope that he’d do the right thing but I’m not holding my breath.”
Kizer is the troll guarding the bridge Chael needs to cross to get back into UFC Land. “You won’t fight in Nevada before … you answer me these riddles four!” It sounds like the NSAC head just wants Sonnen to admit he’s full of shit. Three of the four ChaelQuests involve publicly owning up to past lies. The big question following that is whether that gets him his fight license back or another suspension.