Chael Sonnen

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Full NameChael Patrick Sonnen

BornApril 3, 1977




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.

Bellator run

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.

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