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Thread: Still unlicensed for UFC Fight Night 26, Chael Sonnen awaits commission's ruling

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    Default Still unlicensed for UFC Fight Night 26, Chael Sonnen awaits commission's ruling

    http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...issions-ruling

    On Thursday, a closed-door meeting of the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission – spurred by a union complaint – will determine whether UFC fighter Chael Sonnen receives a license to fight at UFC Fight Night 26 next week.

    A representative for the state's Department of Public Safety, which oversees the commission, said that following a complaint from the union, the commission elected to hold the meeting after its regular session to determine whether Sonnen is appropriately using testosterone replacement therapy.

    "The commissioners will sit in and they'll hammer out the issue," DPS spokesman Terrel Harris today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "When they've made a final decision, they'll let everybody know what that decision was. Bottom line is that they have to do it relatively soon, because the fight's a week from Saturday."

    Harris believed the complaint was lodged by Unite Here, a union based in New York and Washington, D.C., and declined to reveal its contents. However, a Unite Here rep later provided a copy of the complaint the union recently filed with the commission.

    The complaint is not directed at Sonnen's TRT use but rather his conviction in 2011 on a single federal charge of money laundering, and states that the commission has the right to deny his license based on a conviction involving "moral turpitude."

    A press release forwarded to MMAjunkie.com also states that a dozen Unite Here members plan to attend the public portion of tomorrow's commission meeting.

    "A dozen UNITE HERE activists will voice their objection to the issuance of a license to Mr. Sonnen at a public meeting Thursday of the State Athletic Commission, and will hand-deliver the complaint to Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral, who oversees the Athletic Commission," the release states. "The union activists will deliver the same information to the Boston offices of Eaton Vance Management, an investment management firm that has invested in the debt of Zuffa, LLC, the Las Vegas-based parent of the UFC."

    The UFC declined comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.com. Sonnen did not respond to multiple phone calls.

    The three-time UFC title challenger and UFC commentator is scheduled to fight Mauricio Rua in the headliner of the FOX Sports 1-televised event, which takes place Aug. 17 at TD Garden in Boston.

    The complaint follows another move by Unite Here to bar minors from attending the event. A petition was filed this past week by Boston City Council President Stephen J. Murphy and decried violence in the UFC and the behavior of its athletes.

    For several years, MMA's industry leader has been hounded by a Las Vegas-based culinary union, which has backed several anti-UFC initiatives around events and in state legislatures.

    Harris said the commission was aware of Sonnen's testosterone use, but didn't say whether the fighter had submitted medical documentation that is required by commissions when a fighter applies for a therapeutic use exemption.

    "The executive session is to determine what acceptable levels of testosterone are for people who have a medical reason for testosterone supplements," Harris said.

    In 2010, Sonnen was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission when a post-fight drug test at UFC 117, where he lost a bid for middleweight champ Anderson Silva's title, revealed the presence of an elevated testosterone-to-epistestosterone (T/E) ratio. The commission said the fighter failed to properly disclose his use of TRT, to which the fighter pointed to a pre-fight medical questionnaire in which he noted his use of the hormone, as well as his belief that he had received approval from a previous executive director for the commission. His subsequent appeal of the suspension resulted in his term being reduced from one year to six months and a fine.

    Two years later, Sonnen applied for and received a therapeutic use exemption to use TRT for his rematch with Silva, which ended in a second-round TKO.

    In previous interviews, Sonnen has said he will die if he doesn't use the hormone.

    Harris said Sonnen wouldn't be in attendance at tomorrow's meeting and said the UFC hadn't been in touch with him about the situation. If the commission allows the fighter to compete against "Shogun," he will be required to undergo a pre- and post-fight drug test.

    "Right now, he's not even licensed," Harris said.

    This past month, Sonnen told Boston.com that his TRT use had been "accepted on the record."

    "They had a meeting," he said. "But, I never broke a rule anywhere."
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    I'd be so thrilled seeing my union dues being put towards petty campaigns like this. Especially knowing the Fertitta's will never relent and make it easy for a union to get a foothold in their casinos.

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    Where's all the Belfort-is-a-juicer crowd? Shouldn't there be the same level of moral outrage at the very prospect of him fighting?

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    Hopefully they have Evans or Hendo on stand-up incase anything happens.

    But nothing will happen. I have said it before and I will say it again. It is Boston, just slide a little extra money under the table and everything works out.
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    http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/0...fight-night-26
    Chael Sonnen to be licensed for UFC Fight Night 26
    Chael Sonnen will be licensed to fight at UFC Fight Night 26, according to his manager and the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission.



    Mike Roberts of MMA Inc., which represents the fighter, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a closed-door meeting of the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission went in Sonnen's favor.

    MSAC spokesperson Terrel Harris subsequently confirmed that the five-member commission voted unanimously to license Sonnen after evaluating his use of testosterone-replacement therapy and several complaints against him by activist groups.

    "The decision followed the recommendation of their Medical Advisory Board which considered Sonnen's physical condition and medical information," wrote Harris in an email. "The commission also considered complaints regarding his reputation and character but concluded no information the Commission received should preclude Sonnen's licensure."

    The decision clears the way for Sonnen to headline the event opposite Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. As of Wednesday, the three-time UFC title challenger didn't have a license to fight.

    According to a prepared statement issued the same day, the MSAC preliminarily agreed to allow Sonnen to fight at the event, which takes place Aug. 17 at Boston's TD Garden, but assembled its medical board to discuss the fighter's use of testosterone-replacement therapy.
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    http://www.mmamania.com/2013/8/9/460...n-chael-sonnen
    Massachusetts Athletic Commission releases statement on Chael Sonnen receiving fight license
    Terrel Harris, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, released the following statement regarding the Sonnen situation:

    "While the conviction for money laundering may be considered a crime of moral turpitude, the commission is well within its right to consider the totality of the circumstances and allow the license to issue which is what it did."

    Writing letters isn't the only thing the Las Vegas Culinary Union tried to do to get Sonnen pulled from the main event. According to The Boston Herald, they even crashed the Massachusetts commission's meeting.

    "Boston-based members of Unite Here and the National Organization for Women - who protested what they called Sonnen's "shockingly derogatory statements about women, people of color, homosexuals, immigrants and other minorities" - crashed yesterday's commission meeting to testify, but were muffled after testy exchanges with commissioners. Two state troopers were summoned to stand in the hallway after union members hesitated to leave after the commission voted to go into private session."

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