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Chael Sonnen cuts deal in response to federal money laundering charge

It looks as though Anderson Silva’s anticipated rematch against Chael Sonnen won’t take place anytime soon regardless of how the current middleweight champ fares against Vitor Belfort next month at UFC 126. In fact, it may never go down at all.

According to an official statement from the U.S. District Attorney’s office, Sonnen plead guilty earlier today in an Oregon court on a charge of money laundering related to his side business as a real estate broker. Specifically, the outspoken 185-pounder submitted false documents relating to repairs to a business he knew were not actually going to be made.

Though the outspoken Sonnen risked a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, it is believed he will cooperate with the investigation and offer testimony as a witness against others in order to reduce his sentence. As part of his plea, Sonnen gave up his Real Estate License and paid a $10,000 fine. He is also expected to receive at least two years of probation once things are finalized.

The news is another item in a string of misfortune for Sonnen. After dominating Silva throughout the bulk of their match-up in August at UFC 117, then being submitted in the final few minutes of the fight, he was subsequently suspended for a year after admitting to testosterone use (a ruling later reduced to six months).

  • ByronGiant says:

    Looks like he’ll be using the next few months to work real hard on his takedown defense.

  • MCM says:

    Has there ever been a bigger fall in MMA history than Chael has had?
    This guy is a freaking time bomb and the UFC should cut him as soon as they can.

  • stone says:

    “No wonder why Chael whooped Silva’s ass…. He aint scared of no karate cage fight! He’s a godamn gangster!”

  • Angry Mike says:

    Now that the Feds have secured the borders, won the war on terror and won the war on drugs they have enough free time to focus on small time white collar crime. That’s the kind of prioritizing and resource management that’s made the government what it is today.

  • While I agree there are way more important things to focus on Chael committed a crime, and has to pay for it, just like everyone else.

    and on a side note… AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH wow this guy just keeps screwin up. Too bad, he had a great 09 and most of 2010…..then it was one thing after another for him. Just goes to show you that cheaters dont prosper…in sports or life.
    or at least…this one doesnt

  • danw84 says:

    Really Mike? You think because we have some big things going on, other criminals should be ignored? This kind of thing is why our economy is in the state it’s in.

  • LiverPunch says:

    I was not a huge critic before because I think that most fighters indulge in a little PED potion now and then. The reason I think this is because they are only tested before and after the fight. I think a lot would train on it because it gives them an edge the opponent probably is and they don’t get caught as long as they are not stupid about it. As for Sonnen, he gets done for roids, he then gets done for money laundering and then to top it all of he turns out to be a rat too.
    Never mind the UFC, MMA should ditch this guy. What a piece of shit.

  • elkymbo says:

    Agreed. This guy is a scumbag. He’ll probably be the next president of the US at this rate

  • LiverPunch says:

    -He’ll probably be the next president of the US

    Na-ahhh, no you di-int.
    Ohh it’s on now.

  • elkymbo says:

    Well it looks like Obama is gonna get shit canned next election. I reckon Sonnen makes perfect republican candidate material :)

  • qat says:

    im sure he’ll find a doctor who will attest that all of this was only due to a severe medical condition.

  • JBAR says:

    How happy do you think Dana is right now that Silva was able to lock in that submission. If he hadn’t all of this would be happening to the UFC MW Champion.

  • Dufresne says:

    Wow, Chael… Just wow…

  • MickeyC says:

    Funny shit, but wait for his side of story, should be even better. What a chump! Does not surprise me that he’s rollin over on the others, rat bastard.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “…it is believed he will cooperate with the investigation and offer testimony as a witness against others in order to reduce his sentence.”

    I’m from NYC there’s nothing gangster about squealing like a RAT!

    Cheal did wrong got busted and flipped the script… what a scum bag.

    Well, he said he wanted to be a politician… I think he’s earning his corruption credibility.

  • Dreadedfistofthenorthwest says:

    Brendhan- “string of misfortune” is your car getting broken into, then stepping into a puddle. Knowingly taking performance enhancers and committing real estate fraud fall under the “string of dumbass” for Sonnen.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    well how else was he supposed to afford a Corvette to compensate for his lack of working testes?

  • Guthookd says:

    It’s one thing to try and work the system and make some illegal dollars…’s a totally different and spineless act to snitch on your crime partners. IMO he should face his 20 years like a real criminal…..either do the time or go on the run.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Hey Chael..

    Don’t drop the soap!

    Too bad about this guy. Kinda mouthy but talented none the less..was looking forward to mid 2011 rematch with Silva.

  • nope says:

    I’ve never seen a comment board on this site so full of winning statements.

    Karma is a Bitch.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    -I’m from NYC there’s nothing gangster about squealing like a RAT

    I’m from Melbourne and I know plenty gangsters sing like canaries. Even ones from NYC.

  • Rece Rock says:

    MMA-LOGIC then you also know that those same canaries get shanked up on the other side…and if they don’t they live a life on the outside watching there back and there families back every single day… at that piont you might as well be dead.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    The real funny thing about this is that Sonnen did the long before he fought Anderson for the title. Remember when he was running for office in OR? While in the middle of his campaing he was told of the charges pending against him and had to drop out until the truth could come out. Sounds like when he got busted for PED’s, and he just wanted the truth to come out.
    Well Chael the truth came out in both cases and it turns out you are a liar a cheat and a crimanal, a convicted felon along with a guy who will testify against your coworkers to get some leinency.
    I am sure he will release a statement saying that it was everybody else’s fault that this happened and he was the innocent realtor here but as of now I will never belive a thing this guy says again.


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