Chael Sonnen returning to MMA, signs multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA
According to reports from the Associated Press, one of the most outspoken fighters in mixed martial arts history is returning to the sport after several years on the sidelines.
“Chael Sonnen is returning to mixed martial arts with the Bellator promotion, the veteran fighter tells The Associated Press.
The 39-year-old Sonnen signed a multiyear, multi-fight deal with the UFC’s largest competitor on Thursday night, Bellator confirmed to the AP.
Sonnen has fought for the UFC middleweight and light heavyweight titles during a tumultuous MMA career. The talkative, versatile fighter became one of the sport’s most visible figures before he received a two-year suspension in 2014 for failing a drug test.
Sonnen announced his retirement after that positive test, and he repeatedly denied interest in returning. When asked Thursday why he took that stance, Sonnen said: “I’m a heel. Heels lie.”
Sonnen says he is willing to fight at any weight in Bellator, and he won’t ask for any specific opponents.”