By Zach Arnold | December 2, 2010
I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Chael Sonnen had his suspension reduced from one year to six months today by a California State Athletic Commission appeals board. In other words, he’ll be back fighting soon enough in the UFC and a lucrative rematch with Anderson Silva is likely on tap for 2011. It’s a fight everyone wants to see.
The legal defense today by Chael Sonnen and his lawyer, Howard Jacobs, was remarkable. They claimed that Mr. Sonnen suffered from hypogonadism (lack of testosterone) and that due to the Americans with Disabilities Act that Sonnen should continue to fight. Somehow, I don’t think when the ADA legislation was passed that a UFC fighter was in the minds of the bill’s creators.
Sonnen stated that Nevada State Athletic Commission boss Keith Kizer told him that he didn’t need to disclose the fact that he’s using TRT. (Kizer denied this claim.)
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In the end, Sonnen proved what James Toney proved — which is that if you put up any sort of confident fight against the CSAC appeals board, you have a good chance of getting a suspension reduced.