Chael Sonnen’s self-imposed troubles worsened this week when Dana White announced the outspoken middleweight’s contract had been frozen in hopes of allowing Sonnen to straighten out his personal life. While it is believed he will eventually return to the divisional fray in the future, the decision to suspend Sonnen is certainly another blow to the career of a man was three minutes away from doing the unthinkable and dominating Anderson Silva to win promotional gold less than six months ago.
News of the suspension was reported by TMZ after learning of the decision from White.
“Chael Sonnen has gone through a lot in the last few months and we think it’s important for him to focus on getting his personal life together before focusing on his career in the UFC,” said the UFC President while alluding to the 185-pounder’s positive drug test and reported plea of guilty on charges of fraud. “I spoke with Chael earlier today and he agrees that setting priorities in his life is the best thing for him right now. I sincerely hope (he) is able to straighten out his personal life.”
The move to put Sonnen’s status on hold came a day after the former national champion wrestler is alleged to have admitted his role to federal prosecutors in a money laundering scheme related to his side-business as a realtor. As a result of his willingness to cooperate, Sonnen is expected to receive two years of probation, a $10,000 fine, and the termination of his license to sell real estate.