He is popular. He is successful. He has made a huge impact in his professional career. He is none other than the super hardworking Chael Sonnen. He is a professional MMA fighter who has signed to Bellator MMA. Formerly, he excelled as a champion player in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Chael Sonnen was born as Chael Patrick Sonnen. He was born on April 3, 1977, and this makes his age 39 years at this moment. His place of birth was West Linn, Oregon, United States. He is an American by his nationality. His ethnicity is white. His birth sign is Pisces. Chael Sonnen was very attacking and dangerous when he has been in the ring. He had been a nightmare for his opponents. He has all the qualities that an MMA fighter possesses. He has also served as a sports commentator and sports analyst.
Chael Sonnen attended West Linn High School. He started wrestling at his young age. In 1996, he started training in boxing with a hope of competing in UFC. Upon high school, he went to Brigham Young University. Later on, he transferred to the University of Oregon. He received a degree in sociology from Oregon.
In 1997, Chael Sonnen he started his mixed martial arts career. On his debut, he earned a win by defeating Ben Hailey in Vancouver, Washington. His debut fight in the UFC was against the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral at UFC 55, he lost the fight. His first win was over the Trevor Prangley at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4. After that, he competed in Bodog Fight, World Extreme Cagefighting. In 2009, he returned to UFC. On September 15, 2016, he agreed to a multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA. On January 21, 2017, at Bellator 2017, he is expected to fight former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz.
Chael Sonnen is a married man. He married his longtime girlfriend Brittany Smith. They wedded in 2013. Currently, he is living happily with his wife. They together have a son as well as a daughter named Blauna Dian Sonnen, Thero Stephen Sonnen. He follows Catholic.
Apart from mixed martial arts, he tried his luck in several other fields. Once he tried himself in the field of politics but could not achieve success. He also served as the sports commentator and analyst. On Sep 2, 2015, he signed a contract with the World Series of Fighting to associates with their broadcasting team. On Nov 11, 2014, he was hired by ESPN as an analyst mixed martial arts.
Chael Sonnen also landed his steps at the film and television world. His first film Here Comes the Boom released in 2012. He has also acted in the movie name Grudge Match. It released in 2013. He is ready to appear upcoming 8th season of The Celebrity Apprentice.
Chael Sonnen having a great salary that helps to maintain a pretty amount of bank balance. His salary is $9,542,000. His net worth is $9 million.