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Chael Sonnen

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  • Given Name: Chael Patrick Sonnen
  • MMA Record: 29-15-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
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  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 40 | Date of Birth: 1977.04.03
  • Last Fight: June 24, 2017 in BFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.8 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Quest Portland
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $791,250 USD
  • Born: Milwaukie, Oregon, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: West Linn, Oregon
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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Chael Sonnen MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Wanderlei Silva
28-15-1 35-12-1

Us Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2017.06.24
Odds: -175 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 205.8 lbs (93.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:03 Round 1 of 3

Us Tito Ortiz
28-14-1 18-12-1

Us Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2017.01.21
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.8 lbs (93.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#8 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2017
Draw | Decision
Grappling Bout

Br Renato Sobral

Us Metamoris 6
Co-Main Event

2015.05.09
Loss | Submission | Choke
Grappling Bout

Br Andre Galvao

Us Metamoris 4
Main Event

2014.08.09
Cancelled Bout Vitor Belfort UFC 175 2014.07.05
Reason: Sonnen Failed Random Drug Test
Cancelled Bout Wanderlei Silva UFC 175 2014.07.05
Reason: Silva Skipped Medicals
Cancelled Bout Wanderlei Silva UFC UFN 2014.05.31
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Cancelled Bout Wanderlei Silva UFC 173 2014.05.24
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:05 Round 1 of 3

Us Rashad Evans
28-13-1 18-3-1

Us UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.11.16
Odds: +165 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 Base | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
4:47 Round 1 of 5

Br Maurício Rua
27-13-1 21-7-0

Us UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.08.17
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 ($100K Base, $50K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#8 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
#45 Greatest Submission of All Time
UFC Fight Night 26 Submission of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:33 Round 1 of 5

Us Jon Jones
27-12-1 17-1-0

Us UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
Main Event | Title Challenge | Light HW | 205 lbs

2013.04.27
Odds: +675 (Huge Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:55 Round 2 of 5, 6:55 Total

Br Anderson Silva
27-11-1 31-4-0

Us UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2012.07.07
Odds: +235 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#20 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#23 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
#15 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
UFC 148 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Anderson Silva UFC 147 2012.06.23
Reason: Bout Rescheduled
Cancelled Bout Mark Muñoz UFC on FOX 2 2012.01.28
Reason: Munoz Elbow Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gb Michael Bisping
26-11-1 22-3-0

Us UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2012.01.28
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#31 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
Win | Submission | Choke
3:51 Round 2 of 3, 8:51 Total

Us Brian Stann
25-11-1 11-3-0

Us UFC 136: Edgar vs Maynard 3
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2011.10.08
Odds: -260 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs (84.1 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
#24 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:10 Round 5 of 5, 23:10 Total

Br Anderson Silva
25-10-1 28-4-0

Us UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2010.08.07
Odds: +350 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $95,000 ($35K Base, $60K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: Daryle Singletary - Too Much Fun
#1 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#6 Greatest Fight of All Time
#2 Greatest Submission of All Time
#1 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
#1 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#71 Biggest Upset of All Time
#1 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
UFC 117 Fight of the Night
UFC 117 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Nate Marquardt
24-10-1 29-8-2

Us UFC 109: Relentless
Co-Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.02.06
Odds: +360 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $124,000 ($32K Base, $32K Bonus, $60K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: Daryle Singletary - Too Much Fun
#28 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#10 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 109 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Yushin Okami
23-10-1 23-4-0

Us UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.10.24
Odds: +228 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $54,000 ($27K Base, $27K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: Daryle Singletary - Too Much Fun
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Dan Miller
22-10-1 11-1-0

Us UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.05.23
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 ($25K Base, $25K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:37 Round 1 of 3

Br Demian Maia
22-9-1 10-0-0

Gb UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.02.21
Odds: +230 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#30 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
#14 Greatest Submission of All Time
UFC 95 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Paulo Filho
21-9-1 16-0-0

Us WEC 36: Faber vs Brown
Main Card | Catchweight | 189 lbs

2008.11.05
Odds: +105 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $48,250 ($29,250 Base, $19K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 184.5 lbs (83.7 kgs) | Referee: Jorge Ortiz
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Bryan Baker
20-9-1 6-0-0

Us WEC 33: Marshall vs Stann
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.03.26
Odds: -341 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $34,000 ($17K Base, $17K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:55 Round 2 of 5, 9:55 Total

Br Paulo Filho
20-8-1 15-0-0

Us WEC 31: Faber vs Curran
Main Card | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2007.12.12
Odds: +355 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $25,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Kyacey Uscola

Us SportFight

2007.10.27
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Am Amar Suloev

Us New Jersey Regional

2007.07.14
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Tim McKenzie

Cr Costa Rica Regional

2007.02.18
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Ru Oleksiy Oliynyk

Ca British Columbia Regional

2006.12.02
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Tim Credeur

Cr Costa Rica Regional

2006.08.22
Loss | Submission | Armlock
1:17 Round 2 of 3, 6:17 Total

Us Jeremy Horn
15-7-1 77-14-5

Us UFC 60: Hughes vs Gracie
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2006.05.27
Odds: +255 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $5,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs (84.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Za Trevor Prangley
14-7-1 11-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 4
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2006.04.06
Odds: +190 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:20 Round 2 of 3, 6:20 Total

Br Renato Sobral
14-6-1 28-5-0

Us UFC 55: Fury
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2005.10.07
Weigh-In: 198.0 lbs (89.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Tim Williams

Us SportFight

2005.07.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Ca Adam Tarsey

Us New Jersey Regional

2005.02.26
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired

Us Terry Martin

Us Xtreme Fighting Organization

2004.12.03
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Alex Stiebling

Us WEC

2004.10.21
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Jeremy Horn

Us SportFight

2004.09.23
Loss | Decision | Majority

Jp Keiichiro Yamamiya

Jp Pancrase

2004.07.25
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury

Us Jeremy Horn

Us Extreme Challenge

2004.05.06
Win | KO/TKO | Knee

Us Justin Bailey

Us California Regional

2004.04.17
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Ru Arman Gambaryan

Us New Jersey Regional

2004.03.13
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Homer Moore

Us Rumble on the Rock

2003.12.27
Win | Submission | Strikes

Us Greg Crunutt

Us Full Contact Fighting Federation

2003.12.13
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jason Lambert

Us Gladiator Challenge

2003.11.13
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:25 Round 1 of 3

Us Forrest Griffin
6-1-1 7-1-0

Us International Fighting Championship
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2003.09.06
Weigh-In: 197.0 lbs (89.4 kgs)
Draw

Jp Akihiro Gono

Jp Pancrase

2003.02.16
Loss | Submission | Armlock

Za Trevor Prangley

Us Florida Regional

2003.01.25
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Justin Hawes

Us United Full Contact Federation

2002.08.24
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jesse Ault

Us Nevada Regional

2002.07.13
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jesse Ault

Us Danger Zone

2002.04.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Scott Shipman

Us Danger Zone

2002.04.13
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jason Miller

Us California Regional

2002.03.30
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Ben Hailey

Us Washington Regional

1997.05.10

Chael Sonnen Wiki Update Wiki

Born in Milwaukie, Oregon, Sonnen grew up in West Linn, Oregon and began wrestling from a young age. He attended West Linn High School, where he was a state runner-up. In 1996, Sonnen began training in boxing, with the hope of competing in the UFC upon graduating from high school.


After high school, Sonnen attended Brigham Young University before transferring to the University of Oregonwhen BYU began considering cutting their wrestling program. At Oregon, Sonnen earned All-American honors, was a two-time PAC-10 runner-up, was a silver medalist at the 2000 Greco-Roman World University Championships, and was a two-time Dave Schultz Memorial Institutional Greco-Roman winner. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology.


Sonnen started his mixed martial arts career in 1997 at the age of 19, by defeating Ben Hailey in Vancouver, Washington. He next defeated future ICON Sport Middleweight Champion andStrikeforce Middleweight contenderJason "Mayhem" Miller. He won his first six fights, before losing to Trevor Prangley. In late 2003, he was submitted by future Ultimate Fighterwinner and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin with a triangle choke submission.


 Over years, Sonnen fought some of the best fighters in the world at middleweight and light heavyweight, but often came up short against top ten-level opponents. That all changed in 2008, when Sonnen became the first man to defeat Brazilian WEC Middlweight Champion Paulo Filho. The match itself was infamous as Filho came in to heavy, and it became a non title contest. Filho, who had a previous submission victory over Sonnen, seemed crazed in the fight and seemed not to want to fight. He later mailed the belt to Sonnen, as he felt Chael deserved the title, even the the WEC was disbanding its middleweight division. 


Although he is not known for his finishing ability—more than half of his career wins have come by way of decision—Sonnen is himself notoriously difficult to finish, and his size, physical strength, tenacity and wrestling skill make him one of the most difficult men to deal with in the middleweight division. Always known for being brash, Sonnen's recent UFC success has only increased his level of chatter.


After the victory, a seemingly reinvigorated Sonnen moved to the UFC’s middleweight division and defeated Dan Miller, Yushin Okami, and Nate Marquardt, all of them by dominant Unanimous Decision, to become the top contender to Anderson Silva’s middleweight belt in 2010. In their first match, Sonnen dominated Silva for four rounds, who had previously looked invincible during his title reign. However, Silva was able to catch Sonnen in a triangle choke late in the final round to retain the championship. After the fight, it was speculated that there would be an immediate rematch. However, Sonnen tested above the limit of the approvable ratio of testosterone, and was suspended. It was revealed Sonnen had begun Testosterone Replacement Therapy or TRT. He would later be allowed to fight with the medication, but only as long as he kept his levels in check. 


Following his suspension he would pick up a submission victory over Brian Stann and a close decision over Michael Bisping to earn a rematch with Anderson Silva. After winning the first round in a manner similar to their first fight, Sonnen was stuffed on a takedown in the second round. He then slipped during an attempt to land a spinning back fist, and was hit by a debatable knee, before being finished by the "Spider." Following his second loss at the hands of Silva, Sonnen would look to chase another UFC championship as he moved back to light heavyweight in 2013 to face Jon Jones.


Sonnen would sign on to coach opposite of Jon Jones in the next Ultimate Fighter series with the two of them scheduled to face off on April 27th at UFC 159. His team would win the finale earning Sonnen a Harley Davidson a motorcycle. However the fight against Jones wouldn't turn out in his favor. Chael was finished in the first round with some ground and pound from the champ. After the fight Chael hinted that this could have been his last fight but he had to think it over. He thought it over and would return to the octagon at light heavyweight when he faced off against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the launch of Fox Sports 1 for Fight Night 26. Sonnen would walk away with a submission win when he caught Shogun in a guillotine in the first round. The win would also earn him Submission of the Night. He would lose his next fight by tko at the hands of Rashad Evans at UFC 167.


Sonnen would coach the Ultimate Fighter for a second time, this time opposite Wanderlei Silva for The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3. The two have had heated confrontations already and should make for an entertaining bout when finally meet up (after 2 cancelled bouts) at UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida on July 5th, 2014.


Following a failed drug test in June, 2014, Sonnen was removed from his UFC 175 bout against Vitor Belfort. He summarily announced his retirement from MMA on June 11. 


After retiring from active MMA competition Chael has remained active within the martial arts media beginning a podcast and competing in pro grappling including grappling to draw against former opponent Renato 'Babalu' Sobral at 'Metamoris VI' and submission loss to Andre Galvao at 'Metamoris IV'.


On November 11, 2014, ESPNannounced it had hired Sonnen as an MMA analyst. He debuted on November 14, previewing UFC 180.


On May 6, 2015, professional wrestlingpromotion Global Force Wrestling (GFW) announced Sonnen as an "expert analyst" for its future events.On July 24, Sonnen was revealed as part of the announce team for GFW's Ampedprogram.


On September 2, 2015, it was announced that Sonnen signed with theWorld Series of Fighting to become a member of their broadcast team beginning at WSOF 23.



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