MMA Quick Hits 3/30/11: Chael Sonnen’s money laundering sentence delayed, Thiago Silva’s failed steroid test
Chael Sonnen was set for a Monday morning court appearance for sentencing for a guilty plea to federal money laundering charges stemming from an illegal real estate deal in 2006. The UFC then froze Sonnen’s contract until the situation was resolved in order to allow Sonnen to get his life in order before allowing him to get on with his fighting career. However, Sonnen’s court appearance was delayed and has been rescheduled back to April 8. Sonnen is expected to receive two years of probation, a $10,000 fine, and will have his real estate license revoked as part of his plea deal. Well, it’s only a few more days, but I’m sure he’d like to get this over and done with. His steroid suspension is up, so if he skirts jail time, I’m sure he’ll be back in the Octagon sooner rather than later.
According to Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer, Thiago Silva’s urine sample for his UFC 125 fight with Brandon Vera has been determined to be “inconsistent with human urine.” Kizer reached out to multiple outlets and stated the NSAC has officially filed a complaint against the Brazilian fighter, and that he may be subject to a suspension, a fine, and the overturning of his unanimous decision win to a “no contest” due to these findings. Silva’s “A” sample came up as an “invalid result” that was “inconsistent with human urine,” a finding reaffirmed by the testing on a “B” sample. The NSAC has concluded that Silva “submitted an adulterated and/or substituted specimen for testing for the urinalysis.” Silva will be asked to appear in front of the NSAC at their April 7 meeting in Las Vegas, where he will be given an opportunity to address the situation. Uh, ok. Did you not think they could tell the difference? While he wasn’t caught for steroids or any other illegal substance, it sure does seem shady. He was trying to cover something, that’s for sure.
This Saturday’s Bellator 39 card is complete, as Bellator officials announced the lineup for the televised portion on MTV2. Bellator Lightweight Championship bout between Eddie Alvarez and Pat Curran, Lyman Good and Rick Hawn, Toby Imada and Patricky Freire, and Ben Saunders and Matt Lee. This is one of the best Bellator cards in their history. Don’t miss it. Alvarez is one of the top fighters in the world.
ESPN’s Josh Gross posted on his Twitter that Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad has an opponent for his first non-title appearance for the organization. Konrad will meet former UFC contender Paul Buentello at one of Bellator’s April events. This is pretty much a win for Konrad. Buentello could land a shot that would end it, but I don’t see it.
UFC officials announced today that Chuck Liddell, B.J. Penn and Anthony Pettis will each host two-hour training and development sessions at April’s UFC Fan Expo Toronto. That’s pretty sweet. If I were in Toronto I would definitely try to get in on this. Meeting fighters is one thing, training with them entirely something else.