UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen is essentially a week away form facing Mauricio Rua in the main event of the organization’s debut on FOX Sports 1. However, there’s still a chance Sonnen may not be cleared to compete at the August 17 event.
Last week it was reported that Sonnen’s license had yet to be approved based on Massachusetts’ lack of experience with fighters requesting an exemption for Testosterone Replacement Therapy. A recent report from MMAJunkie followed up on the matter where an athletic commission representative explained an answer would be in place later today after the officials met to discuss acceptable levels of testosterone in relation to Mixed Martial Arts.
If Sonnen’s status as a TRT user prevents him from fighting Rua the UFC will definitely be left in a major bind, as UFC Fight Night 26 marks the company’s debut on FOX Sports 1 and is aimed at helping the all-sports network’s launch.