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UFC Suspends Chael Sonnen Following Guilty Plea to Mortgage Fraud

OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07:  Chael Sonnen punches Anderson Silva while on the ground during the UFC Middleweight Championship bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Chael Sonnen punches Anderson Silva while on the ground during the UFC Middleweight Championship bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Chael Sonnen's fall from grace continues. Yesterday, reports surfaced that Sonnen plead guilty to mortgage fraud that he committed in 2006. While it appears he will escape without jail time, it looks like the UFC won't be so lenient. TMZ Sports reports:

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."

The only time I can recall the UFC suspending a fighter on their own accord is when Chris Leben pissed hot for steroids at UFC 89. In that case, however, the UFC acted as the commission as the bout took place in England.

There's no word on how this will affect yesterday's announcement that Sonnen would fight Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128, though one can assume the bout is off and Akiyama will be given a new opponent.