Chael Sonnen is in a strange legal limbo right now. He’s technically suspended until June 28th by the California State Athletic Commission, but what happens after that is a bit murky. The CSAC was originally planning to indefinitely suspend him before reporter Josh Gross read the rulebook and pointed out they couldn’t. And if Chael reapplies shortly after June 29th, they can refuse him and then he can’t try again until a year goes by.
But … what if he doesn’t reapply in the first place? While other commissions are free to grant Sonnen a license to fight, it sounds like Dana White isn’t going to mess around:
Will you give him fights in states that will license him?
We don’t do that. He’s going to have to pay his dues and straighten this stuff out with these guys and then do it, even though I think what’s happened to him is wrong.
You would honor California’s suspension of Chael?
We will honor it.
In the States only? Would you let him fight in Australia, London?
Nope. We won’t let him fight anywhere. We’ll honor that suspension until it’s cleared up.
Would you step into the system at all with dealing with California, or is that just up to him?
They regulate me. They’re my boss too.
You’ve got some nice attorneys on hand and a nice legal department.
Listen, you show me a guy who fought the government and won. Show me that guy. I want to meet him. I don’t want to be the next guy to try it. I do what I’m told.
That’s a pretty definite answer right there. While Sonnen won’t technically be suspended after June 28th, he’s got a lot to answer for if he wants to get a license in California, and Nevada too. More ethical and on the ball commissions like New Jersey would probably make him jump through some hoops too.
Lest you start feeling bad for Sonnen, keep in mind that those hoops mainly have to do with admitting on the record that he’s a liar. Everyone already knows it, and funny enough it’s not like he has to admit his steroid excuse was bogus. Just that he didn’t disclose it to commissions properly and made false statements when trying to explain why.