Chael Sonnen FINALLY Cleared to Fight Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC Fight Night

Written by Tom Ngo
August 9th, 2013

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

The Culinary Union continues to be an annoying throne in the UFC’s side, but the Nevada-based group’s attempt at spoiling the Octagon’s debut on Fox Sports 1 fell short on Thursday.

Unite Here, an affiliate of Culinary Union 226, and women’s organization Mass NOW filed complaints with the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission demanding Chael Sonnen (pictured) be denied licensure for his August 17 scrap against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

They issued letters to Massachusetts’ governing body highlighting the fact Sonnen was convicted of money laundering in 2011. Mass NOW accused Sonnen of engaging in racist, sexist and other discriminatory behaviors.

Commissions can deny a fighter licensing if the athlete has been arrested or convicted of a crime.

However, after hearing the complains, the MSAC has decided to move forward with the card’s main event as planned.

“The State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to license Chael Sonnen in Massachusetts for the Ultimate Fight Championship contest scheduled for August 17, 2013 in Boston,” MSAC spokesperson Terrel Harris stated in an email. “The decision followed the recommendation of their Medical Advisory Board which considered Sonnen’s physical condition and medical information. The Commission also considered complaints regarding his reputation and character but concluded no information the Commission received should preclude Sonnen’s licensure.”

Chalk another one up for the good guys, right UFC president Dana White?

“Chael vs Shogun LIVE and FREE on FOX Sports 1 August 17th! EAT IT Las Vegas Culinary Union,” Whtie tweeted shortly after Harris’ email was issued.

Sonnen and Shogun collide inside TD Garden in Boston.

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