After whispers of a possible return-to-action, The American Gangster has finally made the move. This was expected. The fact that it’s not with the UFC, however, is a bit of a surprise.
Chael Sonnen, who last fought in November of 2013, holds a 29-14-1 record as a pro, with 14 of those fights taking place inside the Octagon.
His absence from the sport was largely due to a pair of failed drug test that subsequently led to his retirement. Those same failed drug test led to his termination from the Fox Sports network as an analyst and cohost of UFC Tonight.
But now he’s back. And the next chapter of his career will take place outside of the UFC, where he has been actively competing since 2009, originally debuting back in 2005.
While there’s a few veteran names that immediately jump to mind on the Bellator roster, it seems like his first opponent could be fellow “bad boy,” Tito Ortiz.
According to a report by Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, a matchup against Ortiz on November 19th has been discussed as a possibility. That card is set to take place in San Jose, California.
Keep it locked to MMA Mad where we will keep you posted on any new developments.