Bisping 'gutted' as suspended Sonnen denied TUF slot

ESPN staff
May 18, 2011

Chael Sonnen's absence from MMA has become extremely serious after the California State Athletic Commission upheld his ban indefinitely on Wednesday.

At a meeting staged at the Ronald Reagan State Office Building in LA, the motion to uphold Sonnen's suspension was passed by a 4-1 majority.

Sonnen revealed he was pencilled in by the UFC for a TUF 14 coaching slot against Michael Bisping, which would have been a lucrative opportunity for both middleweights.

However, the CASC cited Sonnen's recent federal money laundering conviction, as well as the controversial testimony given during his defence for abnormal levels of testosterone.

Wednesday's ruling, coupled with the recent decision to withhold Sonnen's realtor licence, effectively leaves Sonnen out of work. He cannot reapply for a fight licence before June 29, unless he once again takes on the CSAC.

Bisping responded to the news on Twitter, writing: "Gutted for Chael Sonnen, people make mistakes. He paid his dues and should be allowed to continue with his career. Real shame for the guy.

"I did want to fight him, as it would of been awesome, and a No. 1 contender match-up, but my own personal wants aside, I do truly feel for the guy."

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