Ten days out from the UFC's debut on Fox Sports 1 with UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen, main event fighter Chael Sonnen is without a license for the bout. It isn't exactly unheard of for fighters to cut it close on licensing, but Sonnen's history has become a focal point in the situation, in large part due to a few "activist groups."
MMA Junkie reported that a closed door meeting will take place tomorrow with the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission determining Chael's licensing fate. Unite Here fired off the initial complaint over Sonnen's licensing, stating that Sonnen's federal money laundering conviction should disqualify him from being granted his license.
Junkie's Steven Marrocco then updated the story via Twitter, stating that another organization -- the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women -- has jumped on the anti-Sonnen bandwagon, this time focusing on other aspects of Sonnen's character:
Update: about 30 minutes ago, I also got a letter from Mass. NOW, which has also filed a complaint against Chael, adding to Unite Here.— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) August 7, 2013
Lowlight: "Mr. Sonnen has repeatedly made shockingly derogatory statements about women, people of color, homosexuals, immigrants..."— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) August 7, 2013
..."and other minorities. He has tested positive for a banned substance, made public remarks promoting criminal violence...."— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) August 7, 2013
..."and has been convicted of money laundering."— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) August 7, 2013
We'll have updates as available tomorrow when the commission makes their decision.