In December 2021, former UFC and Bellator fighter Chael Sonnen was hit with five battery citations after allegedly getting in a brawl at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The misdemeanor battery charges against Sonner were dismissed in a Las Vegas court on Thursday.
ESPN initially reported the news:
The misdemeanor battery case against Chael Sonnen was dismissed without prejudice today in Las Vegas Justice Court, per online records. Sonnen was issued five citations last month stemming from a hotel incident in which he was accused of battery against five people.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) January 27, 2022
The 44-year-old retired mixed martial artist and promoter of Submission Underground was initially detained but not arrested in the incident.
Witnesses had told police that they saw Sonnen banging on the door of a hotel room around 7 PM (local time) that night. The report stated that a physical altercation broke out between Sonnen and a couple that he had encountered.
No injuries were reported by any party.
Yesterday’s ruling states the case is “dismissed by court without prejudice,” meaning it can potentially be re-filed at a later date.
The former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title contender last competed in 2019 when he was defeated by former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at Bellator 222.
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