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Chael Sonnen

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Win Rate
63 %
Finish Rate
39 %
Decision Win %
95 %

Chael Sonnen

Age
44
Height
6' 1 (185 cm)
Reach
73 in. (6' 1/185 cm)
Ape-Index
1.000
Stance
Southpaw
Nationality
United States
Main Division
Light Heavyweight
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Fabiano Scherner
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
black_belt
Biography
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 Oregon in Eugene, when 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 International Greco-Roman winner. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2001, with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology.
Fighter Trivia
The couple had their first child, a son named Thero, on June 4, 2015. In 2016, Chael's newborn daughter, Blauna Dian, died. Both Blauna Dian and Chael's wife, Brittany, had contracted listeria.

Awards & Accolades

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: NCAA Division I All-American out of University of Oregon (1998)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: NCAA Division I 190 lb – 8th place out of University of Oregon (1998)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: Pac-10 Conference 197 lb – 2nd place out of University of Oregon (1999)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association: Pac-10 Conference 197 lb – 2nd place out of University of Oregon (2001)
  • University National Greco-Roman Championships: 187.25 lb – 3rd place out of University of Oregon (1997)
  • University National Greco-Roman Championships: 187.25 lb – 2nd place out of University of Oregon (1998)
  • University National Greco-Roman Championships: 187.25 lb – 1st place out of University of Oregon (1999)
  • University National Greco-Roman Championships: 187.25 lb – 1st place out of University of Oregon (2000)
  • University National Greco-Roman Championships: Awarded "Most Outstanding Wrestler" of 2000 tournament
  • World University Greco-Roman Championships: 187.25 lb – 2nd place (2000)
  • Senior National Greco-Roman Championships: 187.25 lb – 4th place (2000)
  • Senior National Greco-Roman Championships: 185 lb – 4th place (2002)
  • 2000 US Greco-Roman Olympic Team Trials: 187.25 lb West Regional Champion
  • 2000 US Greco-Roman Olympic Team Trials: 187.25 lb – 3rd place
  • US Greco-Roman World Team Trials: 211.75 lb – 4th place (2002)
  • Dave Schultz Memorial International Greco-Roman: 187.25 lb – 1st place (2000)
  • Dave Schultz Memorial International Greco-Roman: 213.75 lb – 1st place (2001)
  • University National Freestyle Championships: 187.25 lb – 5th place out of University of Oregon (1998)
  • University National Freestyle Championships: 187.25 lb – 3rd place out of University of Oregon (1999)
  • University National Freestyle Championships: 187.25 lb – 2nd place out of University of Oregon (2000)
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Nate Marquardt and Anderson Silva
  • UFC: Submission of the Night (One time) vs. Maurício Rua
  • Bellator MMA: Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
  • DangerZone: DangerZone Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • DangerZone: DangerZone Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner
  • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame: George Tragos Award (2016)
  • Gladiator Challenge: Gladiator Challenge Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • Hitman Fighting Productions: Hitman Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • World MMA Awards: Fight of the Year (2010) vs. Anderson Silva on August 17
  • World MMA Awards: Personality of the Year (2013)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards: Best on Interviews (2010)

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Fighter Videos

Free Fight: Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen | UFC 159, 2013
Free Fight: Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen 1 | UFC 117, 2010
Full Fight | Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen | Bellator 208
Full Fight | Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen - Bellator 222
Full Fight | Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva | Bellator 180
Bellator 192: Best Of Rampage Jackson & Chael Sonnen | MMA Highlights
Bellator NYC: Chael Sonnen Press Conference Highlights

 

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