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Following his guilty plea in a mortgage fraud case, UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen has been suspended by the UFC, and his bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama is on hold. TMZ reported that Dana White said that Sonnen's contract is "frozen."
"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."
Sonnen is expected to receive two years probation and be required to pay a $10,000 fine. He is far from the first UFC fighter to run afoul of the law while on the promotion's payroll.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, the one-time light heavyweight champ, plead guilty last January to going on a reckless driving spree in southern California. Later in 2009, he coached on "The Ultimate Fighter" and starred in a remake of "The A-Team."
Josh Neer fought on Ultimate Fight Night 17 just over a month after his second DUI arrest, but wasn't cut from the UFC until he had two losses in a row. Chris Leben, who fought last weekend at UFC 125, was arrested for a DUI in October 2010 and a probation violation in April 2008.UFC suspends Sonnen after guilty plea in mortgage fraud
Official fighter weigh-ins for Bellator 30 took place today at Fourth Street Live! in Louisville, Ky.
All fighters weighed in without issue.
Among the 18 fighters who hit the scales were middleweight veterans Bryan Baker and Jeremy Horn, who face off in a special attraction bout on the event's televised card.
Bellator 30 also features the semifinals of the promotion's season three bantamweight-tournament: Ed West vs. Jose Vega and Bryan Goldsby vs. Zack Makovsky.
Bellator 30 takes place Thursday at Fourth Street Live! The night's main card airs on FOX Sports Net.
The full weigh-in results include:
* Ed West (136) vs. Jose Vega (135)
* Bryan Goldsby (135) vs. Zack Makovsky (135)
* Bryan Baker (184) vs. Jeremy Horn (186)
* Jacob McClintock (171) vs. Brent Weedman (170)
* Josh Clark (185) vs. John Troyer (186)
* Greg Maynard (263) vs. Ron Sparks (258)
* Thomas "T.J." Barber (142) vs. B.J. Ferguson (144)
* Mike Fleniken (185) vs. Jeremiah Riggs (186)
* Stoney Hale (170) vs. Mike O'Donnell (170)Bellator 30 weigh-in results: All fighters make weight
For 25 minutes, Strikeforce middleweight challenger Tim Kennedy (12-3 MMA, 3-1 SF) did everything he could to claim the promotion's vacant belt.
The military veteran outstruck Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (13-2 MMA, 3-0 SF) for the five-round contest – both in volume and efficiency. He scored takedowns while defending the grappling advances of the decorated grappler that stood across the cage.
Yet in the end, it wasn't enough. Now Kennedy wants another chance to prove it should have been.
"I know I don't really have an objective opinion, but I'm pretty accurate in how I view how fights went, and I thought I landed more strikes," Kennedy told MMAjunkie. "I thought I landed more kicks. I knew I stuffed both of his takedowns. I knew I was the only one that scored takedowns. I knew I was the one that was controlling the center of the ring. In my understanding of the scoring of MMA, that means I won the fight."
Unfortunately for Kennedy, the three judges in charge of Saturday's "Strikeforce: Houston" co-main event felt differently, and Souza was awarded a unanimous-decision win – and the 185-pound title.
Kennedy said as the scores were being read at the conclusion of the contest, he had difficulty believing his ears.
"Before they announced the decision, I looked up, and I saw the statistics of me having landed more shots, more kicks, a higher percentage of the strikes and stuffing both of his takedowns and scoring the only two takedowns of the fight," Kennedy said. "At the conclusion of the fight, I was surprised.
According to a FightMetric report, Kennedy landed 69 total strikes to Souza's 48. But the Brazilian did hold the edge in strikes to the head, 36 to 31.
And it was "Jacare's" aggression on the feet that Kennedy said was most surprising...Strikeforce's Tim Kennedy: "I want another five rounds with that guy"
A death in the family has forced UFC middleweight Alessio Sakara out of July's UFC 116 event and a planned bout with Nate Marquardt.
Sakara's manager, Dan Lambert, today told MMAjunkie.com Sakara will remain in Italy following his father's death but hopes to make a return in August.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer first reported the bout's cancellation over the weekend.Family death forces Alessio Sakara out of UFC 116, August return possible
If Dan Henderson has an excuse for a lackluster showing against middleweight champion Jake Shields at this past weekend's "Strikeforce: Nashville" event, he's keeping it to himself.
Following Henderson's unanimous-decision defeat during a CBS-televised headliner at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., the former UFC fighter repeatedly was asked – in one form or another – what prompted the defeat.
Henderson continually pointed to one reason: his opponent...No excuses from Dan Henderson, credits Strikeforce champ Jake Shields' game plan
Reader Jeff Pelton suggested this lookalike pair: Kansas City Chiefs' wide receiver Amani Toomer and UFC middleweight champ -- and sometimes ninja -- Anderson Silva. Silva will face Demian Maia on April 10 while Toomer won't have to take the field for a real game until the end of August.Fight world lookalikes: A Chief and a ninja