What looked like a potential mountain on the horizon quickly became a molehill, as UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen’s status for an August 17 match-up with Mauricio Rua is no longer up in the air. As hoped, the outspoken scrapper has been licensed for the UFC Fight Night 26 tilt and will see action at the event.
Sonnen’s trouble began when news surfaced regarding Massachusetts’ policy regarding Testosterone Replacement Therapy (or lack thereof). As a result, the State Athletic Commission met this week to review the matter and came to the unanimous conclusion to approve Sonnen for the fight.
“The decision followed the recommendation of their Medical Advisory Board which considered Sonnen’s physical condition and medical information. The Commission also considered complaints regarding his reputation and character but concluded no information the Commission received should preclude Sonnen’s licensure,” wrote an official in an email sent to MMAFighting.
The match-up with Rua will serve as the evening’s headliner. Sonnen is 27-13-1 with career highlights against Nate Marquardt, Yushin Okami, and Brian Stann, while “Shogun” has compiled a 21-7 mark during his own run in the ring including eighteen knockouts. Fans can catch the clash on FOX Sports 1.