Chael Sonnen's colorful life of big-time collegiate wrestling and ultimate fighting detoured on Monday into a darker realm.
The 33-year-old Portlander pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a single count of money laundering. The charges stemmed from a 2006 home sale in which Sonnen and others involved in the deal steered a $69,091 kickback to the buyer.
The government is recommending Sonnen be sentenced to two years of probation.
It's been a difficult six months for Sonnen.