The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission has ruled that Chael Sonnen will receive his license to fight in the UFC Fight Night 26 main event. Sonnen’s standing was called into question after a complaint was filed by a New York-based union.
While initial reports suggested the complaint had to with Sonnen’s use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) prior to his bout with Rua, additional information suggested that Sonnen’s character issues were also brought up in the complaint as well. Sonnen plead guilty to money laundering in 2011 and sentenced to two years probation and a $10,000 fine.
Despite both issues being brought up, the commission voted unanimously to grant Sonnen’s license. Commission spokesman Terrel Harris confirmed the decision via email:
“The State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to license Chael Sonnen in Massachusetts for the Ultimate Fight Championship contest scheduled for August 17, 2013 in Boston. The decision followed the recommendation of their Medical Advisory Board which considered Sonnen’s physical condition and medical information. The Commission also considered complaints regarding his reputation and character but concluded no information the Commission received should preclude Sonnen’s licensure,”
UFC Fight Night 26 will take place August 17 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Sonnen and fellow light heavyweight Maurício “Shogun” Rua are supposed to face off in the main event. The card will also feature a bout between former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne. The event will help mark the FOX Sport 1′s debut.
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