Is Chael Sonnen a Hall of Famer?


MMAFighting's Dave Doyle was asked where does Chael Sonnen rank in all time category and is he a guaranteed Hall of Famer?

Are we talking the UFC Hall of Fame, which is basically the equivalent of a pro sports team's Ring of Honor, or a hypothetical MMA Hall of Fame held to the same standard as the major sports Halls?

If we're talking the latter, no. Is Sonnen a colorful figure? Yes. An enduring fighter with a solid career? Yes. But we're talking about a guy who had three title shots in the UFC and came out 0-3. In addition to the title losses to Anderson Silva (twice) and Jon Jones, he's also lost to Rashad Evans, Demian Maia, Paulo Filho, Jeremy Horn (three times!), Babalu Sobral, Terry Martin, and Forrest Griffin. That's just not Hall of Fame-worthy.

Then there's the fact Sonnen has twice run afoul of testing procedures. Which, incidentally, brings us back to the UFC Hall. There's a guy named Stephan Bonnar in the UFC Hall who has also twice failed drug tests. He was inducted less than a year after his final failure. And Sonnen, with wins over the likes of Shogun Rua, Michael Bisping, and Brian Stann, is certainly more accomplished in the Octagon than Bonnar.

So, has Sonnen had an MMA Hall of Fame career? No. Might he end up in the UFC Hall of Fame anyway? Never say never.

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Blazing Knees site profile image  

6/17/14 9:45 AM by Blazing Knees

6ULDV8-   Who's the interviewer that Chael wrecks over and over again? The ESPN host with the grey stripe in his hair. That was painful and cringe worthy.

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6/17/14 9:01 AM by Blazing Knees

This is GOLD! Leave it playing in the background-hilarious. I cracked up a bunch of times

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6/17/14 8:59 AM by 8flat

They'll probably do it based on revenue, exposure for the sport, etc.  Precedence was set with Bonnar/Griffin, how they helped the company and the sport has a lot to do with it.  Hell, we've all benefitted in a sense.

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6/17/14 8:37 AM by Blazing Knees

He has a " Randy" style record with W-L but for sure a hof kinda guy. Been in some of the biggest fights, biggest cards, biggest hype, and kept his relevancy. He fought anyone they put in front of him and was always entertaining. 

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6/17/14 8:30 AM by I Came I Saw I Lurked

one of the best promoters and beat a lot of good guys in his ufc return. Had a classic with silva, and if bonnar and griffin are in, chael should be to.

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6/17/14 8:27 AM by Willin


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6/17/14 1:34 AM by UGCTT_FryedTakayama

Chael's arms need their own induction.

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6/17/14 1:27 AM by ChrisWeidmanedmydiameter

Ranked first in his weight class for takedowns and 2nd for most strikes.

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6/15/14 11:53 AM by Dogman


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6/15/14 11:40 AM by jzus14

there should be two sections in the hall of fame, fighters and moments, his action triggered amazing growth for the sport and we can say revolutionize the sport, now you can ask and get a tittle shot, and he increased earning potential of so many fighters