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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.

LATEST STORIES
  
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 >

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 >

- 12 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 >

- 14 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 >

- 62 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 >

- 82 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 >

- 85 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 >

- 92 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 >

- 92 days ago
Muhammad Ali's Daughter -- I'm Gonna Be Arnold's Apprentice!

Muhammad Ali's Daughter
I'm Gonna Be Arnold's Apprentice!

Laila Ali vs. Snooki??? Yep.  The cast of the new 'Celebrity Apprentice' has just been announced -- and it's packed with star athletes who will battle it out for Arnold Schwarzenegger's… READ MORE >

- 358 days ago
Chael Sonnen -- Wanderlei Silva Sucks ... 'He's the Worst Fighter in the UFC'

Chael Sonnen
Wanderlei Silva Sucks 'He's the Worst Fighter in the UFC'

Chael Sonnen says Wanderlei Silva is "the worst fighter in the UFC" ... and it's time for the guy to either sign a contract to fight or SHUT UP ... 'cause he's sick of waiting around. Sonnen was… READ MORE >

- 1059 days ago

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