Chael Sonnen responds to complaint from Nevada attorney general, 'accepts responsibility' for failed drug tests ahead of July 23 hearing

Jared Wickerham

His punishment is expected to be handed down later this month.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight number one contender, Chael Sonnen, had 20 days to respond to the formal complaint filed by the Nevada attorney general (read it), who is seeking damages in the wake of the "Gangster's" failed drug tests.

Not only has he responded, but Sonnen is also prepared to "accept responsibility" for his actions.

From his attorney Jeff Meyer (via MMA Fighting):

"Mr. Sonnen does not dispute any of the factual allegations contained in the First Amended Complaint. Mr. Sonnen accepts responsibility for his actions and will comply with the Commission in the prompt resolution of this matter."

Prompt indeed, as Sonnen is scheduled to appear before the commission on July 23.

And if you're thinking "Chael retired, why bother?" -- it doesn't work that way. As a professional athlete operating with a government license, you remain bound to the rules and regulations of participating commissions -- which are punishable by fine.

Meaning, if Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) incurs an exorbitant expense to make sure you're playing fair -- and you're not -- you can't just skip town and stick them with the bill.

The good news is, Sonnen has plenty of money (according to this guy).

While the maximum penalty is (gasp) $250,000, the former FOX Sports analyst is unlikely to receive a punishment that severe. He will, however, likely be slapped with a modest monetary fine, as well as an extended suspension of his license, which also affects his ability to corner fighters from his camp.

We'll see how this all plays out in less than two weeks.

Stay tuned.

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