Chael Sonnen Signs With Bellator, Will Compete At Light Heavyweight

Former UFC title contender and ESPN analyst Chael Sonnen has parted ways with the UFC and has signed to return to fight for Bellator MMA.

“I’m consistently blown away by the product and presentation that Bellator is bringing to the fans,” Sonnen said. “I’m not nearly done competing and I’m coming after everyone, everywhere. I’m not sticking to one weight class either, I fight at ‘Gangster Weight’ and nobody is safe.”

Sonnen spent the majority of his career with UFC, and recently did major broadcasting work for both ESPN and Fox Sports.

“Chael is an incredible athlete that has competed at the very highest levels of the sport,” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said. “I know that he is going to continue to do just that here at Bellator. When we were in the process of signing him, Chael was adamant that he wants to compete in three divisions here. He already has unfinished business with Wanderlei Silva, but he also wants to fight guys like Tito Ortiz, Fedor Emelianenko and even Rory MacDonald at middleweight.

“These are all fights that I’d be very inclined to watch, so hopefully we can put some, if not all of these matchups together starting before the end of the year.”

Sonnen was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission when he failed a drug test. He announced his retirement from MMA shortly there after.

 

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