Sonnen, 36, contemplating retirement


Everyone thought that if Chael Sonnen had a chance Saturday night, it was through aggressive, relentless wrestling. As it turns out, he didn't have a chance. Now, 16 years since his first professional MMA fight, Sonnen is thinking about a future besides, not in the cage.

Case Keefer of the Las Vegas Sun has the details.

“I don’t think I’ve been taken down three times in my career,” said Chael Sonnen. “He took me down three times in one round.”

Chael Sonnen admitted Jones embarrassed him with his performance at the Prudential Center. Despite a badly broken toe, Jones finished Sonnen with unrelenting ground-and-pound strikes 4:33 into the first round.

The loss left Sonnen contemplating retirement. While the 36-year-old doesn’t plan to reach a final decision on his future for a while, he said he was only in the UFC to chase a championship.

And Sonnen thinks that’s no longer possible after falling to 0-3 in title shots with the loss to Jones.

"I’ve had a lot of fights not go my way," said Sonnen. "But I’ve only been beat up twice, and that was No. 2. And he beat me at my own game.”

“I like to fight, but I love this business, and there are so many opportunities that are out there that weren’t here a few years ago. And broadcasting is one of them.”

Sonnen is a staple on virtually all of the Fox-produced UFC content. UFC President Dana White said last week that the network television channel wanted to use Sonnen in an expanded role, so it’s not like he’d enter retirement with nothing to occupy his energy.

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tags: UFC 159   Chael Sonnen (detail)  Jon Jones (detail)  


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Refuse to Lose site profile image  

4/29/13 9:55 AM by Refuse to Lose

Chaels awesome and will be successful at whatever he decides to do. Had a ton of fun following his career and will be a fan for life.

JustAnotherMMAFan site profile image  

4/29/13 9:52 AM by JustAnotherMMAFan

Chael is 7-6 in the UFC, not counting an "iffy" victory over Michael Bisping, in which case he would actually be 6-7.Hardly, hall of fame material. He talked his way into three undeserved title shots, and only performed well in one of them, when he was busted for steroids and his opponent had a cracked rib.I think he is better as an entertainer. Wish him luck.

Jons Forsberg site profile image  

4/28/13 5:14 PM by Jons Forsberg

that sums it up.

EKPOGI site profile image  

4/28/13 5:11 PM by EKPOGI

I hope he does WWE just for a little bit

stonepony site profile image  

4/28/13 4:59 PM by stonepony

If he retires, all he will be doing is talk. But yeah, smart fans will appreciate the loss when he retires.

ThatKickDidntHuroooohhhhhhhh site profile image  

4/28/13 1:31 PM by ThatKickDidntHuroooohhhhhhhh

I love Chael Sonnen. All in all, the sport of MMA is very fortunate to have him.

TeamRenzo4Life site profile image  

4/28/13 1:29 PM by TeamRenzo4Life

You're a pathetic loser.

NomoRomophobia site profile image  

4/28/13 12:38 PM by NomoRomophobia

Best if luck to Chael!!!Broadcasting is the obvious choice.Dana says Fox loves him!

garrote site profile image  

4/28/13 12:34 PM by garrote


Unwariestpickle site profile image  

4/28/13 12:26 PM by Unwariestpickle

He's done. He's got two titles, i think he's pretty happy. Beat Anderson in a 5 round fight and defeated Jones by T(toe)KO. Unless Sonnen is looking to get a third belt at HW I think he's gonna call it quits.