Chael Sonnen
The American Gangster

USA

Added to Bellator 222
Light HeavyweightBellator
April 8, 2019
Sonnen has been added to the Bellator 222 card in New York against Lyoto Machida on June 14, Bellator President Scott Coker reports.
ANALYSIS
With both fighters coming into the bout over the age of 40, it'll be a battle of seasoned veterans as both seek to continue their careers. Sonnen lost his most recent outing when he conceded to Dedor Emelianeko at Bellator 208 in October, but Machida will enter the match with more momentum after defeating Rafael Carvalho via split decision in December at Bellator 213.
Read More News
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Chael Sonnen
Weekend Preview: Bellator 207 & 208
222 days ago
With the UFC on a break, Richard Mann breaks down the fights and makes his picks for a pair of intriguing cards set to take place this weekend.
DraftKings MMA: UFC Mexico City
August 3, 2017
One of flyweight's next contenders may emerge from Mexico after this weekend. Jon Litterine gives the fantasy breakdown.
DraftKings MMA: UFC 209 Preview
March 1, 2017
Two belts are on the line with the UFC heading back to Vegas for its second pay-per-view event of 2017. Jon Litterine returns to break down the card on DraftKings.
MMA Barometer: 2017 Schedule Shaping Up
January 27, 2017
Can Travis Browne get his career back on track with a main event spotlight? Evan Dahl ranks him and four other fighters in his risers and fallers this week.
MMA Barometer: The Return of Jon Jones
April 22, 2016
Jon Jones returns from his year-long layoff to prove once again that he's the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
More Fantasy News
Concedes defeat to Fedor Emelianeko at Bellator 208
Light HeavyweightBellator
October 14, 2018
Sonnen lost to Fedor Emelianenko via TKO (punches) at 4:46 of Round 1 at Bellator 208 on Saturday in Uniondale, N.Y.
ANALYSIS
Sonnen had very little for the former Pride FC champion, On the feet, the fight was a total mismatch. Emelianenko landed liberally with punches throughout the contest and dropped the former middleweight contender multiple times. Sonnen's best chance to finish the fight came when he scored a takedown and took the back. He tried to lock in the choke but badly lost the position and ended up on the bottom. For the end of the fight, Sonnen went for a takedown, which was easily stopped. Emelianeko threw hammerfists during the attempt that hurt Sonnen. He rolled to a defensive position, and the referee stopped the contest. At this point in his career, Sonnen will struggle when he does not have a clear wrestling advantage.
Will face Fedor Emelianenko in Bellator semifinal
Light HeavyweightBellator
July 19, 2018
Sonnen is scheduled to take on Fedor Emelianenko at the Bellator grand prix semifinal on October 13, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
For Sonnen, the fight presents an opportunity to prove his skeptics wrong. Despite spending the majority of his career at the middleweight level, the 41-year-old defeated Quinton Jackson by unanimous decision in first heavyweight bout back in January. Although Sonnen figures to enter the fight as a slight underdog, the American carries a fair share of momentum having won each of his last two contests.
Advances in the Bellator Heavyweight tournament with victory in the Bellator 192 main event
Light HeavyweightBellator
January 20, 2018
Sonnen defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at Bellator 192 on Saturday in Inglewood, Calif.
ANALYSIS
Sonnen's career appeared to be possibly over after fell to Tito Ortiz in the first round of his Bellator debut. However, since that night, he has bounced back with a pair of decision victories over MMA legends. In this fight, he took a one-sided decision over former UFC champion "Rampage." Sonnen has gone back to his roots and relied on his wrestling. He scored takedowns in each round. He did not do very much damage from the top, but it was enough to take the decision. Jackson is well past him prime at this point and fighting at heavyweight is not making things any easier for him. Sonnen will move on in the Bellator heavyweight tournament and face the winner of the bout between former UFC champion Frank Mir and former Pride FC champion Fedor Emelianenko.
To compete for Bellator heavyweight title
Light HeavyweightBellator
November 19, 2017
Sonnen will compete with seven other fighters for Bellator's heavyweight title at The Bellator World Grand Prix 2018 Heavyweight Tournament. He will take on Quinton Jackson at Bellator 192 on Jan. 20 in Los Angeles, Calif.
ANALYSIS
Sonnen (29-15-1) has spent most of his career with the UFC and WEC. He's taken competed with top opponents like Michael Bisping, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva and more. He took three years off, during which time he provided commentary for ESPN and Fox Sports, only to rejoin the action in January. Sonnen will compete alongside Quinton Jackson, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir, "King Mo," Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Mitrione and Ryan Bader for the Bellator heavyweight belt.
Takes home decision victory in Bellator 180 main event
Light HeavyweightBellator
June 24, 2017
Sonnen defeated Wanderlei Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27) at Bellator 180 on Saturday in New York City
ANALYSIS
After all the talk, this fight came down to the wrestling. Silva had zero answers for Sonnen's takedown game. Sonnen came out and went for a takedown almost immediately. He landed it easily. This set the tone for the fight. Whenever he wanted to take the fight to the ground, he was successful. Silva was dangerous when the fight was on the feet, and he even dropped Sonnen in the first. However, Sonnen's takedowns could not be stopped and Silva could not get back to his feet. Sonnen seemed to call out Tito Ortiz and Fedor Emelianenko after the fight, so it looks like he will continue to take fights outside of the light heavyweight contendership. If his fights continue to be lackluster, will fans continue to care?