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UFC Suspends Chael Sonnen and Temporarily Freezes Contract

("Yeah, just probation and a slap on the wrist fine to roll over on my mom.")

("Suspended? You’re kidding, right?")

Chael Sonnen‘s week just went from bad to worse.

First the West Linn, Oregon native had to turn in his realtor license and will pay a $10,000 fine as part of a plea deal with Federal prosecutors for his part in an alleged mortgage fraud/money laundering scheme and now the UFC has suspended the former number one middleweight contender until he gets his life back in order.

UFC president Dana White told TMZ today that though they have not cut Sonnen from the roster, Zuffa has opted to "temporarily freeze" his contract.

"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 explained. "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."

Having walked away from the Oregon district state senate race last year while he dealt with the charges that were detailed during yesterday’s federal court hearing, the staunch Republican, who recently started with a group of investors now finds himself unemployed.

The suspension is probably just for show to make the UFC look like they are distancing themselves from Sonnen, who was rumored to be taking on Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128 in March until the heat dies down a bit. Prosecutors are said to be looking for two years probation on top of the monetary fine, which means that Chael will likely not be able to travel outside of Oregon unless given special permission by his probation officer and the courts.

Although there are statutes in place to prevent the government from preventing individuals from making a living, they usually don’t protect convicted felons.

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ThaCrakin- January 11, 2011 at 8:16 am
Stak get off you couch and see if you can see the size of your own feet. Stop play Call of Duty and go for a jog!! You obviously know shit about athletes, mma or anything involving heavy breathing, wait im sorry when the bullies of your high school stole your twinky im sure you where breathy very heavy thinking about what it must taste like. Troll
Waxedpants- January 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Sonnen introduced the word " hypogonadism" to our daily vocabulary ..... I will always be thankful.
mtnthc- January 5, 2011 at 10:12 am
Sonnenitis - (1) the condition of being full of shit yet small and shriveled, exacerbated by exogenous testosterone (2) douche bag. Usage: Some of the posters on CP have got a flaming case of Sonnenitis.
Stak40- January 5, 2011 at 8:36 am
Fuck Sonnen, he wasnt shit and half of you didnt know who he was until he started running his mouth and ALMOST beat the spider. He has done nothing for the sport but bring to light the many idiots who follow him and mma.

ccman- you just got to take the good with the bad bro

Rex- told you this shit was going to happen.
JoseMonkey- January 5, 2011 at 6:35 am
Well said, @RwilsonR. I agree that commenters typically catch inaccuracies quickly, though I'd point out that such helpful feedback is not often well received. (I'm pretty sure MRuss thinks I'm a nit-picking douche, for example.)

I think it's totally fair for people to fact-check and even criticize articles they read here. As others have said, one would think that the editors would want to know if they 1) are writing stuff people like / don't like and 2) if they are getting the facts correct. Ultimately, that feedback serves to improve the site for everyone. You need a pretty thick skin to be an editor of any prominent blog, and CP is no exception. Besides, would it really be better if every comment was just a big "CP is great!" love fest?

I'll allow that some comments can be over the top. If all people are going to do is bitch, they probably should ask themselves why they are here. But there's gotta be some middle ground between "this site sucks now, I'm leaving!" and "STFU and GTFO if you don't like it!"
LOKI- January 5, 2011 at 6:32 am
I got here too late to say anything funny or meaningful...titties!(?)
tnbp- January 4, 2011 at 11:38 pm
This really is the most incredible example of hubris I think I've ever seen (or even heard of.) You couldn't make this type of thing up.

I liked Sonnen back in his WEC days, before he became a loudmouth idiot. And I even liked him smashing Silva for 4+ rounds (because I don't like Silva much as a person, either.) But to find out now that Sonnen is not only the liar everyone found him out to be (you know, because he was constantly lying to all our faces about stuff he claims he never said-- even though it's on video), he's also a steroid user (who chastised Lance Armstrong for being a user before Sonnen, himself, got caught) and a money launderer. It's amazing. What a disgusting human being. I wish the UFC would just cut him. I think he's a bad guy and bad for the sport. I know I would have never cheered for him again based on him just being a spotlight-hungry liar. This pushes things to a whole new level. Amazing...
TheAchiever- January 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm
That's exactly how I see it too. People can hate him because of his personality or who he is, but don't automatically hate the fighter. Fighters are people too, they're not all good and they're not all bad. It's just as ridiculous as hating a musician's music or an actor's acting because of their personality.
TrouserSnout- January 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm
I remember the days when we didn't have screen names. I remember the days of CAPS LOCK HAL.....or LAPS COCK HAL as I liked to call him. Anyway, I just come here for the news and the funny comments and there are some good ones, but I'm a lurker....I just ain't fucking funny. But some of you fucks sure are.
ReX13- January 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm
Beer's good.  I love lamp.And Toy Story 2 was okay!
DangadaDang- January 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm
And DarkHorse gets the trophy for best Seinfeld reference of the week.
Ballkick- January 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Sonnen,...from Zero to Hero and back to Zero in 6 short months,....what a ride it's been.
MadOnionSlicer- January 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm
contraxt frozen, unemplyed Republican
Whats with all the typos in your tags, CP?
KINGMADE- January 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm
I guess we fight in Oregon then.
Joe Bananas- January 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm
The UFC should have fired him. They need to set an example that they don't want to deal with a criminal of any type. Since the UFC is the world leader in MMA they need to set a good example for other MMA promotions across the world.
twoleftfeet- January 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm
I agree rwilson, I just don't care for the " this site was better back when " , and "I'm going to leave "complaints . its cool when people say they disagree and then make their case. but your reason is the same reason I come to cp, for the humor. that's what makes it different than the other mma sites.
RSparrow- January 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm
Awwww hugs everybody...

Now let's go watch the bachelor! ;)

DARKHORSE06- January 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm
CCman I love you too dude. Not in a gay way. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
RwilsonR- January 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm
@ ccman & others - Around three years ago, and three screen names ago I came here for the articles, but stayed for the comments (back then you didn't even have to register the fucking screen names). I know there has been a change in tone lately (past year), and things like the sensationalized article yesterday with the misleading title of "20 years and $500,000" only add to that. But the commenters here quickly corrected that. And a decent amount of the articles (and especially captions) still contain the same old type of humor.

I also think that it would be a mistake to ignore or dismiss the complaints of a guy like ccman, since he has been here a long time, and isn't the first or last to make these types of criticisms. However, I still like the guys who comment here (most of them), whether I agree or disagree, and I still laugh here more than any other site.

Forgot what my point was... so I'm going to open another beer. Cheers everyone.
Palmtreeguy- January 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm
Well before anyone else exaggerates anything, MSNBC just had this case talked about for around 13 minutes just a bit ago. Apparently a source who is a very close acquaintance to another accused with Sonnen said that a few businessman talked Sonnen into some deal that could pay him a decent sum of money and said he wouldn't be on the hook if something backfired. So it seems that Sonned didnt waste anytime ratting them out after they concocted the scheme in the first place. So really if he was bilked into something illegal but told this wouldn't happen isn't he no different as you and I ? Wouldnt we all of done this is if we were promised some money with no worry of prosecution?

The guy is out there but its obviously something millions have been sucked into before. No wonder the UFC didn't let him go.
Viva Hate- January 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm
New article, new chance for people to bitch about something.

I say throw the book at Chael, send him to jail to be some big dudes bitch, and given his tiny nuts he will be pimped out pretty quickly. It would be pretty funny to watch Chael on Locked Up: Raw, psycho stare, rambling on about bullshit.
DARKHORSE06- January 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm
@ Phattousai - Way to make it weird.

@ CCman - Come on lighten up for fuck sakes, its an MMA site.

Sonenn makes MMA just a little more interesting. Damn near everything he has done in the past year has wound up being a fucking abortion. I hate the fact that he pissed hot and robbed us all of a rematch with AS....but damn it - I just can't quit you man!
RSparrow- January 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm
You upgraded to the game of life(e) ??

This IS life dude... Chael Sonnen is an excellent fighter, and made a huge impact on our beloved sport. What's so wrong about discussing his (life(e)) situation, because it affects us as fans...

I'd love to hear your IDEAL website with all the things you would like to see changed... please inform us how to live with an upgrade.
Loretta Cunt- January 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm
the real sad thing about this story is how we are just now finding out about the details of his criminal case. this should have been something mma journalists should have been covering a long time ago. yeah mma news is a lot like tmz, but i like updates, news and even rumors daily. i appreciate the hard work these people put in just so we have something to read about daily concerning the greatest sport on earth.
you can always got to shedog if you dont want to read a new article but once a week. i like the cynical humor, i like me some hot potatos,and i like to know if a dominant fighter is an absolute piece of shit! thank you CP
ccman- January 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm
I upgraded to the game of lifee... best it is gonna get so fill your car with imaginary half frogs and move on.

And mma fans theoretical attention span pandering is a huge part of the problem...sorry pinche (translates to mexicans do not speak spanish) attention span guapo.