Chael Sonnen's tall tales about phantom conversations during his recent steroids appeal in California caused quite a stir with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Director Keith Kizer.
The former title contender recently stated his want to get back into the director's good graces while also applying for his license in Nevada. The Republican Realtor assumed his chance would come before the end of April.
Now we know the date ... and he was correct.
According to Kizer himself (via ESPN), Sonnen will appear in front of the NSAC on April 27 to plead his case to get both his fighter's license and second's license, which is needed by cornermen.
It's also needed for fighters that wish to coach on the popular Spike TV reality show, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), which Sonnen is rumored to be in consideration for opposite Michael Bisping for season 14.
Normally, fighters can have their license granted administratively but as Kizer explains, Sonnen won't have it so easy.
"I don't feel comfortable granting his licenses based on his background. I feel the issues surrounding him are important enough for him to go before the full commission. That way, the commission will be able to discuss the issues that arose with respect to his last bout in California, as well as his recent criminal conviction."
The Team Quest trash-talker is due to stop serving a six-month suspension from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for having elevated levels of testosterone in his system after losing to middleweight champion Anderson Silva via stunning submission in August 2010.
And he's likely champing at the bit to return to competition.
Sonnen was most recently calling out Michael Bisping after his spitting incident at UFC 127 back on Feb. 27. "The Count" accepted his challenge, but the promotion has been slow to announce anything regarding Sonnen's fight future until it knows for certain he's cleared to fight another day ... inside a cage.
Now we know the exact day the mouthy middleweight will get to plead his case to the powers that be in "Sin City."
He will need to convince at least three of the five commission members to once again grant him his license. The list of infractions is long, and the river of muck is deep, but if anyone can talk his way out of a hole, it's a former politician.