After captivating fight fans with his zingy one-liners, Chael Sonnen has been given the gag order courtesy of his sticky legal situation. Thankfully, his manager was able to shed some light on the controversial middleweight’s fate.
Contrary to previous reports, Mike Roberts claims his client’s contract was never “frozen” by UFC president Dana White.
“[Sonnen] was never suspended,” Roberts told MMAFighting. “Dana just thought it would be in Chael’s best interest to get his life together and get everything cleared up in his personal life – that when he comes back to fight, it’s going to be all about the fight.”
Sonnen is facing a $500,000 fine and maximum of 20 years in the pen after pleading guilty to one-count of money laundering in U.S. District Court. However, it was reported the 33-year-old copped a plea agreement and won’t see any time behind bars.
“I can’t talk anything on the legal stuff honestly, I’m not his lawyer, I have nothing to do that,” Roberts said. “All that stuff is being worked out, but no, I don’t think you’ll see him in jail, but all that stuff is still being worked out.”
While Roberts couldn’t provide the 411, TheOregonLive.com reported Sonnen will simply lose his Realtor’s license, pay a $10,000 fine and receive two years of probation in exchange for his testimony.
In addition to his questionable sales practices, Sonnen was also busted for a flunked drug test after nearly taking the 185-pound title from Anderson Silva at UFC 117. While many are counting Sonnen out of the fight game, Roberts claims the best is yet to come.
“His career is not over. It’s far from over, I can promise you that,” Roberts said. “This is just going to get Chael more time to get better and when he comes back, he’s going to be coming back with full intention of getting that belt.”
And when can we expect to see the one-time political hopeful back inside the Octagon?
“I would hope this year, but time will tell,” Roberts said in closing. “This will be up to Chael as to when that’s going to happen.”