Chael Sonnen No Longer Suspended By California

UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen is no longer under suspension by the California State Athletic Commission. CSAC executive officer George Dodd told Michael David Smith that Sonnen has been removed from the suspension list and is free to apply to be licensed in any jurisdiction. Sonnen would have to appear before the CSAC to be re-licensed in that state. 

Sonnen was originally suspended after his UFC 117 title fight against Anderson Silva for failing a post-fight urine test and was suspended for a year. He successfully appealed to have the suspension reduced in December of last year. At that hearing, Sonnen claimed that Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Keith Kizer had cleared his use of Testosterone Replacement Therepy (TRT).  Kizer denied that he'd ever spoken to Sonnen.

In January, Sonnen pled guilty to a felony money laundering charge. The CSAC re-instituted his suspension Sonnen in May as a result of Kizer's statements and the felony guilty plea.

Sonnen appeared before the CSAC on May 18 and unsuccessfully appealed the suspension. 

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