Dana White on Chael Sonnen: “He’s paid his dues in every way, shape and form, and I think he’s been treated a bit unfairly.”

UFC President, Dana White admits that former middleweight title contender, Chael Sonnen was treated unfairly when he appeared in from of the California State Athletic Commission earlier this month, adding he paid his dues and should be able to return to competition.

White, speaking via Heavy.com, said:

“I’m pretty bummed out about the Chael Sonnen thing, and the way this thing was handled. I don’t know if there has ever been a penalty laid down… I mean Tyson, when Tyson bit the ear, he got a year. It’s pretty crazy.”

“It’s not that he’d have to retire. But right now was his opportunity. This kid had the opportunity to coach The Ultimate Fighter, he had the opportunity to get a big fight set up. Should he win that fight, everybody knows what happened with Anderson Silva. This was a key moment in this kid’s career.”

“You’ve heard me say it for almost 11 years, we always support what the athletic commission says, but this kid got it stuck to him. He’s paid his dues in every way, shape and form, and I think he’s been treated a bit unfairly.”

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