Chael Sonnen Approved To Fight At UFC Fight Night 26

All the hoopla over whether Chael Sonnen would get his license for UFC Fight Night 26 was all for nothing.

The former UFC light heavyweight and middleweight title challenger was unanimously approved for a license by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission to fight Maurcio “Shogun” Rua next Saturday in the main event at UFC Fight Night 26 in an email sent to BetweenTheRopes.com.

The hearing took place today due to the union group, Unite Here, who had filed the complaint with the MSAC due to the federal laundering conviction Sonnen received in 2011. Another complaint was filed by the National Organization for Women over Sonnen’s alleged sexist, homophobic and derogatory language following his conviction that year as well.

Both groups were rebuffed as the MSAC ultimately approved the Oregon native for a license.

Here is what MSAC representative Terrel Harris sent to BetweenTheRopes.com:

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. 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.

UFC President Dana White stated his feelings on the matter when it was announced Sonnen was getting a license.

UFC Fight Night 26 takes next Saturday night from the TD Garden in Boston on the debut night of Fox Sports 1.

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Steve Muehlhausen

Steven was a Featured UFC Columnist for Bleacher Report and a writer for MMASucka.com. Steven was also the host of the MMA show: The Fight Club Chicago, which aired for three years at various websites. You can email Steve at stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com.


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