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NSAC attempts to block Chael Sonnen from competing at Metamoris 4, threatens $250k fine

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Chael Sonnen vs. NSAC, round two. If you thought the odds of Chael Sonnen beating Andre Galvao were high, you should see the latest line on The American Gangster actually making it to Los Angeles this weekend to compete. News broke earlier today (Aug. 4, 2014) that Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is attempting to block Sonnen from competing at the Metamoris 4 jiu-jitsu tournament this Saturday (Aug. 9) in The City of Angels, and has even threatened to fine him $250,000 if he participates. Jeremy Botter with the latest: Multiple sources confirm NSAC has threatened to fine Sonnen $250,000 per failed drug test violation if he competes at Metamoris. Sonnen camp’s contention is that grappling is not fighting and suspension shouldn’t cover it. Sonnen has hired Vegas lawyer Ross Goodman to represent him in the case. And here you thought Sonnen was pissed before. The former UFC middleweight and FOX Sports 1 analyst was suspended from active competition just last month, after the commission caught him using performance-enhancing drugs in the lead-up to his Wanderlei Silva fight at UFC 175. The American Gangster has a mandatory two-year break from mixed martial arts (MMA). And if NSAC has its way, everything else, too. But blocking a jiu-jitsu match stretches the commission’s jurisdiction, since grapplers won’t be licensed as fighters, nor will they be tested for illegal drugs. It’s not like a call to the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) would prompt them to intervene (despite their history), so it essentially boils down to the written language from Sonnen’s suspension. As for Metamoris? This reaction from founder Ralek Gracie speaks for itself: Just talked to Ralek Gracie about the Chael Sonnen situation. First time he heard about it. Damn, that’s crazy, dude was his reaction. — Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) August 4, 2014 Stay tuned for more on this developing story in the coming days, if not hours.

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