Kizer doesn't anticipate Sonnen licensing issues

by Steven Marrocco and John Morgan | source:

Licensing issues can destroy a fight card, and worse.

Late last week, due to delays in licensing Alistair Overeem over PED testing, the UFC had to cancel one of the most anticipated fights of the year, a title shot vs. champion Junior Dos Santos. Overeem's replacement, Frank Mir, will doubtless put on a great show, but it doesn't have the same buzz.

Affliction bet millions on a showdown between Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett. When Barnett was not licensed over PED test issues, the fallout brought down the entire promotion.

As Chael Sonnen will shorlty face Middleweight Anderson Silva in what is absolutely the most anticipated fight of the year, a question inescapably rises - will Chael Sonnen have licensing issues, again?

in late 2010 Sonnen appealed a California State Athletic Commission suspension stemming from elevated testosterone levels following his UFC 117 late-moment loss to champion Anderson Silva. During the appeal, Sonnen said he had been given permission to use testosterone by Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer.

This was news to Kizer, and the CSAC, which had reduced Sonnen's suspension to six months, resuspended him following his conviction on Federal money-laundering charges.

When Chael Sonnen sought to coach opposite Michael Bisping on TUF 14, he had to get licensed as a cornerman by the NSAC. A meeting was convened between Kizer, Sonnen, and UFC officials; an unsatisfied Kizer determined that Sonnen would need to appear before the commission in order to be licensed. The offer was declined.

But now, Kizer said the circumstances have changed.

Kizer today told  that he sees no issues with granting the fighter a license to fight at UFC 148, though he will ultimately defer to NSAC Chairman Raymond "Skip" Avansino.

"He's done his time," Kizer said. "He's come clean on his prior dishonesty, and that's all appreciated."

"Last time, I would not issue an administrative license, so that forced him if he wanted to to go to a hearing," he said. "He chose not to do that – probably the wise move.

"This time, I don't see a problem giving it to him administratively, but that would be the chairman's call. If he says, 'Keith, you're free to do so,' I will do so. If he says, 'Keith, I want him on a commission meeting,' he'll be on a commission meeting."

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Tad Ghostal site profile image  

4/25/12 9:49 PM by Tad Ghostal

I just thought that using that excuse (legitimate or not) would make it more difficult to get licensed again. I guess not.

Authority Figure site profile image  

4/25/12 8:48 PM by Authority Figure

Let's get something straight. It's very possible that Chael wasn't really on regular TRT. He just used it as an excuse. Just like he lied and said Kizer knew about it. Just like he lied and said it had been approved previously. Chael just lucked out to be one of the first fighters to publicly use it as an excuse. I do believe Kizer is rolling over for the casinos or the UFC. He realizes he may want to leave his current job some day but stay in the fight business. Whatever is happening, he clearly gave Sonnen a pass for lying about his approval.

UGCTT_LnPninja site profile image  

4/25/12 6:35 PM by UGCTT_LnPninja

 It doesn't work that way. If a fighter wants to be allowed to be on TRT, he needs to apply for a TUE. Sonnen has never filed for a TUE in Nevada. He apologized for lying about Kizer, and apparently that is enough for Kizer to now allow him to fight. Kizer still did not say anything regarding Chael being allowed to be on TRT, either way.

Tad Ghostal site profile image  

4/25/12 6:17 PM by Tad Ghostal

So why wouldn't there be a problem in granting a licence to a fighter that has had a doctor testify he needs TRT to compete?

UGCTT_LnPninja site profile image  

4/25/12 6:11 PM by UGCTT_LnPninja

Stop assuming... Kizer said he sees no issue granting him a license to fight, not a TUE. Kizer always speaks factually, and I won't take your assumptions about what you think he was hinting at.  

Tad Ghostal site profile image  

4/25/12 6:01 PM by Tad Ghostal

He says he doesn't see any problem in giving a licence to a fighter that admits taking testosterone regularly. A fighter is supposed to need a TUE to be able to take testosterone either in or out of competition. That suggests Chael either already has a TUE for TRT or he doesn't need a TUE. Considering Kizer said in an interview 2 weeks ago that there are still only 3 fighters with a TUE for TRT, I assume Chael doesn't, unless it was granted in the meantime.

zedlepln site profile image  

4/25/12 5:47 PM by zedlepln

I don't know why that text suggests he won't need a TUE: that's a lot of reading into what KK said and didn't say to come to that conclusion. He does qualify what he means by "administratively" to mean no need for a hearing (unless the Chairman specifically requests one). I also don't know whether he has applied for one, nor do I remember hearing any story one way or the other. What have you heard? As far as monitoring him in the State, NSAC has arranged for other tests to be performed outside NV. Heck, Overoid had to take a test while outside the country. I would expect they have a protocol for non-residents.

UGCTT_LnPninja site profile image  

4/25/12 5:43 PM by UGCTT_LnPninja

 ^^^^^ I saw that. Good call. It is an interesting discussion.

DonStirFrye site profile image  

4/25/12 5:42 PM by DonStirFrye

This is true. I just made a thread regarding whether Sonnen will be granted a TUE.

UGCTT_LnPninja site profile image  

4/25/12 5:38 PM by UGCTT_LnPninja

 No it doesn't. It suggests he will be given a license to fight in an MMA event. It does not speak in either direction to whether or not he will be given a TUE for TRT. Nothing Kizer says speaks to a TUE.