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California Commission Corrects Chael Sonnen's Suspension

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Two days after indefinitely suspending Chael Sonnen's license through May 18, 2012, the California State Athletic Commission corrected an application of a rule regarding the date the UFC middleweight contender could reapply in the state, thus freeing him to fight anywhere. The regulator body admitted "an error" regarding Rule 399, which states revocation or denial of a license included a one-year prohibition on reapplying. "Since the commission did not revoke or deny Mr. Sonnen's license, the rule does not apply," read the statement. "Given that Mr. Sonnen's license will expire on June 29, 2011, the suspension imposed upon the license will be extinguished by operation of law. Therefore, Mr. Sonnen may reapply for a license at any time following that date. He will, however, be required to appear at a commission meeting to have his application considered. If the commission denies his application, Mr. Sonnen will have to wait one year from the date of the denial." CSAC executive officer George Dodd said that while the state continues to consider the suspension "indefinite," it will cease to apply once Sonnen's license has lapsed. Sonnen is technically allowed to apply anywhere even as he serves his suspension in California. It's up to individual regulatory bodies to allow him a license or not, though most choose to honor fellow commission's rulings. Sonnen did not respond to a request for comment about California's correction.

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