Chael Sonnen denied license in California, suspension upheld by 4-1 vote

OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Chael Sonnen walks to his corner in between rounds of his fights against Anderson Silva during the UFC Middleweight Championship bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Chael Sonnen's day in court has come and gone.

Today, May 18, 2011, the embattled middleweight went in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) to answer for his testimony in his first hearing back in Dec. 2010 as well as his felony conviction in Oregon for money laundering. 

Sonnen was attempting to get re-licensed after his second suspension from the CSAC.

And with Nevada electing to uphold that suspension, everything was on the line, as Sonnen stated he may be forced to retire if he cannot obtain his license once again.

ESPN's Josh Gross was on the scene and providing live updates via Twitter. A complete rundown of all the major happenings after the jump.

  • Keith Kizer testified regarding conversations he had with Matt Lindland and the phantom conversations he had with Chael Sonnen.
  • Sonnen testified and said he never intended to make it sound like he had a conversation with Keith Kizer before confirming he never spoke to him nor the other commission director or commissioner regarding testosterone use and exemption. He stands by his testimony back in Dec. 2010, though.
  • Sonnen confirms that UFC is planning on making him a coach for the upcoming season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) opposite Michael Bisping. The winner of their fight later this year would receive a title shot.
  • Sonnen states that if he doesn't get his license today he's "effectively retired and that comes from Dana White." Chael wells up when saying he just wants to go back to work and doesn't want to retire.
  • Chael claims he needs testosterone for "survival" and he has the testosterone of "a 93 year-old man."
  • After being asked about his testosterone treatment, Sonnen says he's taking it to this day and is monitored at least twice a month.
  • Sonnen's camp attempted to allow a declaration from Matt Lindland but California would not allow it.
  • In the closing arguments, Sonnen gets painted as a liar and a man who cannot be trusted. He is "always looking for someone else to blame," according to Deputy DA Karen Chappelle.
  • Sonnen's lawyers paint him as a man who is a "fundamentally good person." They also ask the commission to consider Dana White's words that if no license is obtained, Sonnen is effectively done in MMA.
  • The motion to uphold the indefinite suspension passes by a vote of 4-1. The indefinite suspension remains. And if Sonnen's earlier words ring true, this just might mean he is retiring from MMA. Stay tuned.

That wraps up the hearing in California. Do you agree with the decision to uphold the suspension? Or would you have rather seen them lift it so Sonnen can get back to work?

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