The Nevada State Athletic Commission believe that his two-year suspension from athletic competition should include his scheduled grappling match against Andre Galvao at this weekend’s Metamoris 4.
Sonnen doesn’t agree.
The commission is now threatening to take administrative action against the now-retired fighting in the form of fines which could be upwards of $200,000.
MMAJunkie cites an anonymous source to the proceedings who confirmed that the commission sent a letter to Sonnen this past week, telling him that the grappling match violated the terms of his suspension which was handed down last month after he failed a couple of drug tests at UFC 175.
In response, Sonnen’s legal rep, Jeff Meyer, sent a response that challenged the NSAC’s definition of “competing.” Currently it appears Sonnen will meet Galvao as scheduled; in a previous statement, Metamoris President Ralek Gracie expressed support for Sonnen despite his commission woes. Metamoris 4 takes place Saturday in Los Angeles and streams via online pay-per-view.
Although the grappling competition is not sanctioned by a state athletic commission, as it isn’t considered a combat sport in the same way as are boxing and MMA, the NSAC wants Sonnen to withdraw from the event.
Tags: Chael Sonnen, Mixed Martial Arts