UFC Suspends Chael Sonnen and Temporarily Freezes Contract

Chael Sonnen

(“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 GreenLightDaily.com 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.