UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen’s April 27 meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission has been postponed until May 18, NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer said Wednesday (via Kevin Iole).
Sonnen will be applying for the reinstatement of his license to fight in Nevada, as well as his cornerman’s license that would be required if Sonnen were to coach on The Ultimate Fighter against Michael Bisping.
Sonnen has been out of action since losing to middleweight champ Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in August for multiple issues, included a six-month suspension for a failed drug test and recent plea agreement in a federal money laundering case.
According to MMA Junkie, the delay in the meeting stems from Sonnen being denied permission to enter Clark County by his probation officer because it violates a mandate against allowing convicted felons into the country for the Laughlin River Run, an annual biker gathering that has seen trouble in the past.
While there is relatively little chance that Chael would be involved in the event, the mandate was issued as a preemptive move by federal law enforcement to help curb possible violence at the event.
Sonnen has yet to be scheduled for his UFC return pending the meeting, but recently said he hopes to return to the Octagon soon.