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Is Chael Sonnen back in the mix?

While Yushin Okami might currently be next in line for Anderson Silva, we all know it’s one whim from Dana away from going to anyone else. Mike Chia Pet thinks the most likely guy to usurp Okami’s spot is none other than the last guy who was supposed to be the next guy: Chael Sonnen.

Yes, he’s facing a possible suspension after a pre-fight drug test showed elevated levels of testosterone in his sytem. His hearing will take place in December. By that time, he’ll already have served four months of any suspension. If the California state athletic commission reduces the penalty to between 6-9 months — a possibility, though no sure thing — Sonnen could be ready to fight again by May or June.

With the Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort fight set for February, that timeline would fit perfectly for the winner to get a 3-4 month break before a fight with Sonnen.

While no one knows what the fuck is going on with Chael, the fact that he straight up listed testosterone on his pre-fight medical forms means there’s a chance he might have some sort of reasonable medical excuse ready to go. In the past, the CSAC has cut steroid suspensions in half for reasons ranging from ‘Sean Sherk seems like a nice lad’ to ‘James Toney told us to go fuck ourselves.’ I dunno if that’s how shit will roll now that the commish is under new management, but it’s worth noting that it’s still a lot of the same dunderheads filling the seats on these kind of panels.

So I give Chael a 50/50 right now on getting his suspension shortened. Now the only question is whether the UFC would be okay giving a guy coming off a roid suspension an immediate title rematch.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    I think Chael is finally becoming a man and just needed some extra “help”

  • Symbul says:

    I’m with Chia. If (big If, cause it’s a long time) Chael’s suspension expiry lines up with the next Silva (or Belfort… but I don’t think so) fight I think it’ll be Sonnen-Silva 2 with no setup fight for contention. I think Silva could’ve probably murdered Okami and Marquardt both at the same time last night, judging by their performances.

    Besides, as long as they don’t mention the ‘roid popping on air it didn’t happen. Right?

  • Jim says:

    6 months is kinda silly really, given fighters usually take at least 3-4 month between fights anyway.

  • Redping says:

    What an absolutely ridiculous article. That guy is one of the worst writers in MMA, how can he say Okami doesn’t deserve it when he’s only had two losses in the organisation, and when Chael fought Silva he was also on a two fight win streak. Some of the examples he lists are completely irelevant and ridiculous. Give the shot to the guy who got suspended and already lost, or give the shot to the guy who’s been around beating everyone since forever and hasn’t had a proper shot yet?

    Something is wrong, in Mike’s head, for him to think Chael is deserving just because Okami is a boring fighter (news flash – he’s always grinded people down). Chael is a boring fighter too, he’s just not a boring person. Mike clearly has invested way too much emotionally in the sport and has stopped viewing it as an actual god damned sport.

    Vitor got the shot after beating rich franklin at CATCH weight, and before that Maia got it after marquardt knocked ihm the fuck out! and THIS is undeserving?

    i thought mmafighting was a news site like junkie, not a comedy site like this/cage potato. But this article proved that wrong

  • subo says:

    ^ Crappy, reaching idea for an article. There’s no way Sonnen goes from suspension to title shot.

    Okami is the definition of due.

  • Redping says:

    whoops, accidental double post – feel free to delete this

  • Márcio says:

    Not even fucking Dana White will have the guts to screw Okami this time, he deserves the shot. If he doens’t get it Dana’s even a bigger douche than I thought.

  • FiveBoltMain says:

    Dana knows the UFC would get a lot of shit if they put Chael in the title picture right after serving his suspension. It would tell everyone that it’s okay to juice and we’ll reward you with an immediate title shot. Chia Pet needs to pull his head out of his ass.

  • scissors61 says:

    “Now the only question is whether the UFC would be okay giving a guy coming off a roid suspension an immediate title rematch.”
    Sherk got his shot at BJ straight off suspension. There is precedent. I don’t want to see it happen because it would just be an unconscionable screwjob on Okami, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

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