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More legal woes for UFC's Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen, left, speaks during a news conference

Chael Sonnen, left, speaks during a news conference in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. At right is Ricardo Almeida. Sonnen is scheduled to fight Anderson Silva, of Brazil, for Silva's UFC middleweight title at UFC 117 on Saturday in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Life hasn't been too kind to Chael Sonnen since early one Sunday morning last August. Or maybe it's the other way around.

He was within two minutes of a unanimous decision win over UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva until he got tapped out to an arm triangle.

He tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone after the fight and is serving a six-month suspension from the California State Athletic Commission, down from one year after an appeal.

Now comes a doozy, even by his standards. On Monday, Sonnen pleaded guilty to federal charges of money laundering in his home state of Oregon. It has been reported that Sonnen and federal prosecutors have agreed to two years probation, a $10,000 fine and revocation of his realtor's license.

This isn't good. Not for Sonnen's political aspirations or his upcoming fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 128 in New Jersey this March. Sentencing is scheduled for after the fight.

Perhaps Sonnen uses the fight as a distraction from his legal woes and trains especially well. Perhaps not. Either way, Sonnen's star continues to fall in the minds of fans.

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