Is Chael Sonnen a Hall of Famer?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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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