Chael Sonnen’s claims during his drug test appeal in California that he previous cleared his testosterone replacement therapy with NSAC head Keith Kizer will apparently cost the UFC middleweight contender in Nevada.
Dave Meltzer writes:
“If Sonnen, whose license in Nevada expires at the end of the year, wants to get licensed to fight in 2011 after his California suspension expires, he won’t get the usual administrative approval. He said that Sonnen is going to have to go before the commission, explain why he made the statements about Kizer and him talking, explain why he claimed he had used testosterone since 2008 but never listed it on his forms, as well as how he would have passed the tests…
Regarding any rumors of Sonnen as a coach of the next season of the Ultimate Fighter reality show, I don’t even know if there would be anything to those rumors, because the timing wouldn’t be good. Even if UFC wanted it, there would be licensing issues. The season starts in February. TUF coaches have to get second’s licenses because the show is filmed in Las Vegas. Sonnen is on suspension in California through March and Nevada recognizes that suspension. Sonnen would have to get specific commission approval to get the second’s license and the his suspension in California not having ended would play a part in the hearing he’d have to go through. There is no hard and fast rule like he couldn’t be a second because of a suspension in another state as a fighter, but it would not be a rubber stamp procedure either.”
Essentially, this whole mess is not over. While the state has approved two fighters for TRT, Sonnen isn’t one of them, despite having fought three times in Nevada since 2008, when he was supposedly diagnosed with hypogonadism by his doctor.
Sonnen’s recent feud with Wanderlei Silva spurred rumors they could be coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 13 before squaring off next year, but UFC President Dana White has since said coaches haven’t been picked for the upcoming season that begins taping in January.