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Chael Sonnen

Chael Patrick Sonnen (pronounced /ˈtʃeɪl ˈsʌnən/; born April 3, 1977) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a light heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was an NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at the University of Oregon, a silver medalist at the 2000 Greco-Roman World University Championships, as well as a two-time Dave Schultz Memorial International Greco-Roman winner. Sonnen started his MMA career in 1997 (aged 19) by defeating Ben Hailey in Vancouver, Washington. He next defeated future ICON Sport Middleweight Champion and Strikeforce Middleweight contender Jason "Mayhem" Miller. He won his first six fights, before losing to Trevor Prangley. In late 2003, he was submitted by future Ultimate Fighter winner and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin with a triangle choke. Sonnen made his UFC debut in a light heavyweight bout against former IFC Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral at UFC 55, submitting to a second-round triangle choke. He then avenged his first MMA loss, by winning a unanimous decision over Trevor Prangley at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4. At UFC 60, he fought Jeremy Horn for the third time and submitted to an armbar.

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Tito Ortiz Furious Over 'Fixed Fight' Claims ... Invites Doubters for 'Personal Choking' (VIDEO)

Tito Ortiz
Furious Over 'Fixed Fight' Claims Invites Doubters for 'Personal Choking'

Tito Ortiz is ANGRY over claims his fight with Chael Sonnen was fixed -- and just invited all doubters to his gym so he can CHOKE YOU OUT HIMSELF!!! By the way, he's serious. After Ortiz… READ MORE >

Chael Sonnen -- 'I'll Knock Tito Ortiz's Big Head Into Retirement' (VIDEO)

Chael Sonnen
I'll Knock Tito Ortiz's Big Head Into Retirement

MMA legend Chael Sonnen says he CAN'T WAIT to beat Tito Ortiz into retirement at Bellator 170 this weekend ... and predicts it'll be a VERY quick asswhoopin'. TMZ Sports spoke with the… READ MORE >

- 93 days ago
Chael Sonnen to Ronda Rousey ... Let Mayweather Train You! (VIDEO)

Chael Sonnen
To Ronda Rousey: Let Mayweather Train You!

MMA legend Chael Sonnen says Ronda Rousey should DEFINITELY take Floyd Mayweather's offer and work with the boxing legend on her striking ... cause hey, she might actually learn something! … READ MORE >

- 97 days ago
Chael Sonnen Says Ronda Has No Real Hollywood Future (VIDEO)

Chael Sonnen
Let's Be Serious ... Ronda Has No Hollywood Future

Ronda Rousey sucks at acting ... so says Chael Sonnen, who says if Ronda stops fighting, her Hollywood career is over. READ MORE >

- 106 days ago
'Celeb Apprentice' Crew Broke Up Boy George, Vince Neil Fight ... Says Chael Sonnen (VIDEO)

'Celeb Apprentice' Crew
Broke Up Boy George, Vince Neil Fight ... Says Chael Sonnen

The Boy George vs. Vince Neil war on 'Celebrity Apprentice' was VERY REAL and almost came to blows on set ... so says Chael Sonnen. READ MORE >

- 108 days ago
Chael Sonnen -- I Got Jon Jones Fighting Again ... And He Might Lose! (VIDEO)

Chael Sonnen
I Got Jon Jones Fighting Again ... And He Might Lose

Chael Sonnen just gave Jon Jones fans a classic good news/bad news situation ... Good news? Jones is returning to the mat as part of Chael's Submission Underground event next month ... an… READ MORE >

- 156 days ago
Chael Sonnen -- Arnold Schwarzenegger Coulda Killed ... As MMA Fighter (VIDEO)

Chael Sonnen
Schwarzenegger Coulda Killed ... As MMA Fighter

He's been a bodybuilding champion, a movie star, and the governor of California ... but  Chael Sonnen still thinks Arnold Schwarzenegger missed his calling ... as a dominant MMA fighter. We… READ MORE >

- 176 days ago
Chael Sonnen & Tito Ortiz -- Hilarious Violent Trash Talk (VIDEO)

Chael Sonnen & Tito Ortiz
Hilarious Violent Trash Talk

WAS TITO ORTIZ'S ROLLS-ROYCE REALLY REPOSSESSED??? Depends who you ask.  Chael Sonnen insists it was ... and he claims to have rock solid proof.  Tito Ortiz says it's a total lie -- and… READ MORE >

- 179 days ago
Chael Sonnen -- Tito Ortiz Is Broke ... (Tito Denies, Flips Bird) (VIDEO + PHOTO)

Chael Sonnen
Tito Ortiz Is Broke (Tito Denies, Flips Bird)

Chael Sonnen says Tito Ortiz is so poor, he can't make his Rolls-Royce payments and had the car repossessed last week. There's just one problem ... Tito just sent us a photo next to the car,… READ MORE >

- 186 days ago
Tito Ortiz -- Chael Sonnen 'Ruined Me' in College ... It's Time for Revenge (VIDEO)

Tito Ortiz
Chael Sonnen 'Ruined Me' in College ... It's Time for Revenge

Tito Ortiz says he's been DREAMING about revenge on Chael Sonnen for roughly 20 years ... ever since Chael "ruined" him during a college wrestling match ... and the time for payback is now. Tito… READ MORE >

- 186 days ago