(This is a re-post of the video we made of Chael back in 2009 after he was insta-subbed by Demian Maia. Can’t fault him for loving Dana White, because Dana White apparently loves Chael right back.)
Dana White has stuck with Chael Sonnen through a lot of shit – Chael crossed the line several times with all sorts of amusing but racist shit (most recently to Wanderlei Silva: “If it wasn’t for me, you would be thrashing around the jungle w/a blowgun trying’ to catch breakfast”), stuff about Lance Armstrong deserving cancer, and then there was that sketchy steroid situation where he failed to properly disclose his shady prescription for testosterone replacement therapy.
But that’s all just part of the wacky package that is Chael Sonnen. Apparently, getting convicted of money laundering was the last straw … well, not really. The UFC has finally decided they need to do something, lest one of the many shit piles Chael created really hits the fan sometime over the next few months. They havn’t fired him outright (being an epic suck up and selling 600k ppvs might have helped), but they’ve frozen his contract and basically suspended him. Here’s Dana’s comment to TMZ:
“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.”
White adds, “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 Chael is able to straighten out his personal life.”
Chael was originally supposed to face Sexyama at UFC 128, which coincidentally was a week before he was set to be sentenced in the case. A case like this can result in up to a half million in fines and 20 years in jail, but Chael has cut a deal where he’ll lose his realtor’s license and pay a 10 grand fine. That’s even less than the 70k he fucking laundered … I wonder who he’s snitching out for that.
There’s a lesson to be learned in all this, kids: white collar crime is the way to go.