CSAC Make Mistake, Chael Sonnen Can Reapply For His Licence After June 29th

The California State Athletic Commission has flipped on the indefinite suspension of UFC middleweight, Chael Sonnen, admitting mistakes had been made when it came to the ruling earlier in the week and the fighter can reapply for his licence after June 29th.

CSAC Executive Director George Dodd, speaking in a statement released yesterday, said:

“Upon reviewing the May 18, 2011 decision of the commission, an error in the applicability of Rule 399 was made. The rule states that, ‘Any applicant who has been denied an application for a license may not file a similar application until one year from the date of the last previous denial by the commission. Any application filed within the one year period may be denied without the necessity of a hearing. Anyone who has had his license revoked may not petition for reinstatement or apply for a new license until one year after the date of such revocation. Any petition for reinstatement filed within the one year period may be denied without the necessity of a hearing.’ Since the commission did not revoke or deny Mr. Sonnen’s license, the rule does not apply. If the commission denies his application, Mr. Sonnen will have to wait one year from the date of the denial.”

Nevada State Athletic Commission Keith Kizer added.

“My understanding is that he’s free to apply for either license after June 29. However, he will have to appear before the commission on those applications. Before that date, we have to honor the California suspensions.”

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