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Chael Sonnen Has Paid His Debt to Society

(He could be anyone. Your next-door neighboor. Your son’s wrestling coach. But behind that friendly smile lies the heart of a madman.)

As reported by MMAFighting, UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has successfully completed his six-month suspension from the California State Athletic Commission. Sonnen was originally facing a one-year penalty for abnormally high testosterone levels following his UFC 117 loss to Anderson Silva, but got his suspension reduced to six months when he showed up to the appeals hearing with a tragic tale of hypogonadism and miscommunication. Sonnen has also paid the $2,500 fine that went along with the suspension.

But he’s not completely in the clear yet. CSAC executive officer George Dodd told that Sonnen will have to make an appearance before the commission at some point in order to regain his license. And as we learned from Josh Barnett — who showed up to his last hearing without a lawyer and left dumbfounded and license-less when the board demanded that he show “rehabilitation” for his last positive steroid test — that step is not just a mere formality. Plus, Sonnen currently has his contract frozen by the UFC due to his money-laundering charges, so it’s not clear when he’ll actually return. (For the record, Sonnen’s sentencing is scheduled for 11:30 am PT on March 28th, and he’s likely to receive two years’ probation on the recommendation of the U.S. government.)

And in Sonnen’s latest bit of Bisping-bashing…

In a new interview/rant in FightersOnly, Sonnen demanded that Michael Bisping apologize to him for his poor behavior at UFC 127. Yep. Here’s his twisted explanation:

“I did see Michael Bisping’s fight, and I was very disappointed in his behaviour. Spitting on Jorge Riviera’s cornermen brought disgrace to himself, to the sport, and to all fighters, me included. That’s why, first and foremost, Michael Bisping owes ME an apology,” Sonnen said.

“As someone with much more experience than him, at a much higher level of competition, I am his superior and his behavior warrants an apology to me. Now you might say that’s a bit of abstract reasoning… but there’s another reason he better apologize to me first, and it has to do with his own self-interest.

“I happen to know, from one of my very highly-placed sources at the UFC, that Michael Bisping’s ‘goodwill account’ is seriously overdrawn with the company. He’s on very thin ice wearing really sharp skates, if you know what I mean. So, there are only TWO possible outcomes for him: He can fight ME, or he can get released.

“He needs to fight me to keep his job. But…and this is a big but…I don’t HAVE to fight Michael Bisping to keep MY job. If I decide not to fight him, they’ll set me up with some other contender I can ridicule, then pound into fine powder. But Bisping’s got me, or he’s GONE. I hold the “whip hand” in this deal; so if he wants to feed his family without going on the ‘dole’, he better apologize.

“Once he agrees to do that, I’ll decide what form his apology should take. I may want a singing apology. I may want him to choreograph and perform a little “apology dance”. I may make him kiss my ring like I’m the Pope, or kneel before me like I’m the King and he’s being knighted. I’m not sure what I’ll decide on…but he does owe me an apology.”

Man, if silly videos turn Bisping into a blood-crazed psycho, steam is probably shooting out of the Count’s ears by now. But we have to admit, Sonnen is a smart dude. Build enough hype for a fight that doesn’t even exist yet, and they’ll have to let you back in the club…

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Dagnut- March 5, 2011 at 9:23 am
Seems I'm the only one bored with his shit talk....he still makes lots of column inches on here.
fatbellyfrank- March 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm
@ Shatski, Mel Gibson is an aussie, but he was born in new York!the plot thickens, Chael and mel are currently discussing the methods the CIA used to blow up the world Trades center, and that Obama is an Al Qaeda undercover operative
fatbellyfrank- March 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm
This could get verrra interesting Sonnen is a pshycotic muthafucka, and Bitchping is a whiny little sheila, I think us keyboard warria's will get some materiel to play with here.
Shatski- March 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm
@RwR, Maybe the whole Charlie Sheen persona, crazy or not, IS the act. He really is a crazy Mexican. I knew the whole Estevez connection and everything, but yeah, that takes it to a whole other level. It's all a plot specifically against Sonnen. He could have a reality show, but it's already been done. It's called Conspiracy Theory. Except he was played by Mel Gibson, an Aussie. Okay, that's too much. For us, anyway. It's not news to Crazy Uncle Chael.
twoleftfeet- March 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm
man, you guys are pretty quick to forgive chael. do I need to remind you his criminal behavior is the type of shit that has brought our economy to its knees.
its also pretty crazy that he thinks he is some kind of goodwill ambassador for the ufc. and yes he has pillow fists. look at his record, tell me how many kos or tkos he has.
although I do have to agree listening to him can be funny in a Charlie sheen trainwreck sort of way.
P2- March 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm
After he beats Bisping, I wanna see Sonnen go up to LHW to fight Stephan Bonnar for the nickname "The American Psycho." I'll bet part of Chael's training is going to Skid Row and beating up homeless dudes. If one dies, he throws a wad off cash on the body for funeral expenses. He then goes home, puts on a face peel and listens to Whitney Houston while lying in bed, staring blankly at the ceiling. I could be wrong, though. It's just a vibe I get.
mat84- March 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm
sonnen is the fuckin man and i truly hopes he beats the shit out bisping
bitteralex- March 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm
man I hate sonnen so much... he's a fraud, an out right liar, a cheat and was an aspiring politician... some if the crap he spews is pretty much insane... but damned if he doesn't keep things interesting
RwilsonR- March 4, 2011 at 11:59 am
@ Shatski - you may be on to something. Charlie Sheen's actual name is Carlos Estevez, as his father, Martin Sheen's real name is Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez. Now I haven't made all the connections yet, but this has to somehow tie in to Chael's mexican alter-ego.
Seoul Brother- March 4, 2011 at 11:49 am
Chael Sonnen may look like he snorted an 8-Ball of coke & stevia off a hooker's ass, but I'm with EFB. I can't stay mad at him. And if he fucks up Pissbing? WINNING!
Shatski- March 4, 2011 at 11:38 am
Damn you RwR! I was wondering earlier if Chael Sonnen was the Charlie Sheen of MMA or was it the other way around. Wait. If Sheen grew out a full mustache, he'd look vaguely Mexican. hmmmm.
RwilsonR- March 4, 2011 at 11:23 am
Chael has tiger's blood!
edhedicus- March 4, 2011 at 10:57 am
I would bet that Bisping just takes the easy way out and apologizes.... because he is a BITCH!
agentsmith- March 4, 2011 at 10:53 am
Chael is officially the Charlie Sheen of the UFC, minus the drugs & whores.
RSparrow- March 4, 2011 at 10:41 am
On a side note, I think this fight would be a blessing for Bisping. It's a huge step up in competition. It's a much more risky maneuver for Chael to take the fight. But I'm confident that Chael is gonna put this brit fuck on his back and sodomize him, purpledickmeat style. (I think that guy has someone tied up in his basement)
RwilsonR- March 4, 2011 at 10:32 am
What is so great about this is that Chael is entertaining enough when his trash talking is one-sided and he has an opponent who doesn't really care what he is saying. It will be the fucking perfect storm of trash talking mastery to have Chael do this to sensitive little Bisping. Insults are always so much more fun when you get the reaction you are looking for from your target, and we all know how Bisping will be crying himself to sleep letting all of this get to him in the worst way. He might even try a few pathetic retorts to his follower on twitter. But I already can't wait for the tantrum he will throw at press events and the weigh-ins for this fight.
RSparrow- March 4, 2011 at 10:28 am
"I may want a singing apology. I may want him to choreograph and perform a little “apology dance”

Jesus Christ, welcome back my friend!! Fucking great!!!
RwilsonR- March 4, 2011 at 10:05 am
@ EFB - didn't even need to read the rest of the comments, since your first one spoke exactly what I was feeling.
k-onda- March 4, 2011 at 9:38 am
pillow fists vs. son of pillow fists!? oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please oh please...
This is beautiful, look at this letter, it's art! And it's only the first strike, when he gets back in with the UFC you can expect the full attack, Moar Chael, FTW!!!!
Sudos KFC- March 4, 2011 at 9:23 am
I like Bisping. I like Chael. I also root for the bad guys in movies and secretly wanted Mr. Hooper to get away with it...
omunto- March 4, 2011 at 9:20 am
This guy knows how to stir the pot better then anyone else. I hope he is back in action soon, making us laugh and cry all at the same time. I love this guy.
budsellers- March 4, 2011 at 9:12 am
i will never be a fan of chael, but i will read and watch his interviews everytime because he makes me laugh. if the ufc makes this fight, i will be rooting for them to both fall out of the cage.
Emopinata- March 4, 2011 at 8:55 am
Chaels Debt is paid to society after he demolishes bisping.. after that.
then i have no more grudges against him and he would then be my friend.
GILL-uh-TEEN- March 4, 2011 at 8:52 am
Bisping "Chael doesn't have the balls to fight me"... low blow bro... low blow...
ccman- March 4, 2011 at 8:49 am
Can't say i was ever mad at the guy, he talks smack without it ever seeming to be a personnal attack, yet is kinda somehow is.... it's fucking art.