Chael Sonnen is a legendary Mixed Martial Artist with a record of having fought in
the UFC, WEC, and Pancrase. Currently fighting on the Heavyweight Division of
Bellator MMA, Chael Sonnen is still fighting having started out in 1997.
Early Life and debut:
Chael Sonnen was a wrestler from a very young age, and trained in boxing from
1996. Since then, he had the hope of becoming a competitive fighter in the UFC from
the moment he graduated. At the University of Oregon, Sonnen earned All-American
Honors and was also a runner up twice in the Pac-10, among other honours he
He started his professional MMA career in 1997, at the age of 19. He won the first
six fights he took part in, before finally losing to Trevor Prangley.
UFC Run and Return to UFC:
Chael Sonnen signed with UFC in 2005, where he fought three times in two years.
However, with two losses, he left the company and went to BogdogFight instead,
followed by a run in WEC.
Finally, he returned to the UFC in 2008 and there he had a better run. While never
being able to pick up THE big fight win he was looking for, he defeated Michael
Bisping. However, losses to Anderson Silva, Demian Maia, Jon Jones, and Tito
Ortiz, saw him leave the company again.
Chael Sonnen is currently a part of Bellator, where he has secured two wins and two
While never the most consistent fighter, Chael Sonnen’s charisma has seen him
become one of the top names in the world of MMA.