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UFC Suspends Superstar Fighter Chael Sonnen

1/4/2011 7:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ultimate Fighting superstar Chael Sonnen has been suspended by the UFC in the wake of a money laundering scandal ... TMZ has learned.

Chael Sonnen Suspended

Just yesterday, Sonnen pled guilty to money laundering in connection with mortgage fraud -- and now UFC president Dana White tells us Sonnen's contract has been temporarily "frozen."

But White isn't turning his back on one of his most famous fighters -- Dana tells us, "Chael Sonnen has gone through a lot in the last few months and we think it's important for him to focus on getting his personal life together before focusing on his career in the UFC."

White adds, "I spoke with Chael earlier today and he agrees that setting priorities in his life is the best thing for him right now. I sincerely hope Chael is able to straighten out his personal life."

Sonnen has reportedly struck a plea deal in his money laundering case -- and is expected to receive two years probation and a $10,000 fine.

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1.

STARR C    

Tool bag!

1390 days ago
2.

RR    

An all around cheat.

1390 days ago
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Nostradamus    

RR's right, he has tested positive at least once.

1390 days ago
4.

XXXX    

Please do not call Ufc Fighters superstars they are not WWE fights they are realy athletes, not ones that follow a script.

1390 days ago
5.

BoilingBleach    

WWE wrestlers are "real athletes", even though what they do, isn't real. But I will agree that most MMA (or UFC in this case) fighters should not be called "superstars". They should merely be called MMA (UFC) "fighters".

One thing for sure, Chael Sonnen is a complete f*** up, now isn't he? A roid user, and now a money launderer. If I'm Dana White, I get as far away from Chael as humanly possible, before he does something that brings some unwanted/needed heat on the UFC and ZUFFA, the company that owns them.

1390 days ago
6.

sPaNkDeNALgAs    

CHAEL SONNEN SUCK BIG HAIRY NUTTTS!!!!

1390 days ago
7.

matt    

Chael has nothing on Bank Heister Lightning Lee Murray!!

1390 days ago
8.

Tim    

why is every guy a superstar ?? 90% of ppl dont know who he is dont act like he is a superstar

1390 days ago
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Gary007    

Please don't call these guys fighters. They are all actors playing the role of a fighter. Doesn't matter which alphabet soup group we're taking about. Not one of them would last 5 sec in a real fight. Think about it, there is too much money to lose with the injuries that real fighting would produce. I burst out laughing ever time I accidentally channel surf upon a "fight". Triathletes at the end of the race move faster than these guys do at the beginning of a match. Clearly, they are acting...

1390 days ago
10.

Fantastic Four    

LOL. Like Overeem & Lesnar could ever pass a whiz quiz.

Sonnen is the most exciting thing that has happened to the UFC in a long time.

I think the majority of fight fans believe he beat Silva, and could do it again day or night.

1389 days ago
11.

JG    

Gary007: This is MMA not fake wrestling... I pracctice MMA for fun and so far ive broken my nose, two ribs and my right foot twice. Its not fake in any way, if you knew more about the sport you would know that (always people getting some of these minor injuries like the ones ive had, in or outside a match). If you dont trust me go to your local mma-trainingfacility.

1389 days ago
12.

johnathan fujimoto    

wow so this is what the ufc is all about, I will stick to watch k1 and dream thanks but no thanks!

1389 days ago
13.

LOLOL    

Lol Gary007. yeah its not fighting, they just go into the octagon to try and ko or sub the other person. but fighting tho. moron

1389 days ago
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Moon     

Wow! What a shame that he wasn't kick out forever! I think it's a slap in the face to all his fans and all the kids in Lake Oswego that call him "Coach" for what he did! Chael your a LOSER!!

1389 days ago

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