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One Of The Most Famous Names In MMA Calls Time On His Career

One Of The Most Famous Names In MMA Calls Time On His Career

After a career that stretched into three decades, Chael Sonnen has decided to take off the gloves for a final time.

The 42-year-old fought his last bout at Bellator 222 in New York last night; and after being knocked out by Lyoto Machida, Sonnen announced his retirement from within the octagon.

Speaking at the post-fight press conference, the American insisted he had planned to win the fight before calling out his next opponent. As things transpired, he simply called time on his career.

I thought I was going to win this fight and call out Ryan Bader. Everything was going my way until it wasn’t. But no, I don’t regret it. It was a number one contender’s match, and I thought it was a big opportunity, and it was. It’s somebody else’s turn.

You’ve got to be tough in this sport. I feel like I used all of my toughness up.

I used to be tougher. I used to want it more. I used to have more grit, and I just felt like maybe I fired my last bullet. I didn’t have that same grit, and it’s time to move on.

While he never won a UFC championship, he was involved in three title fights throughout his career, losing to Anderson Silva twice at middleweight and Jon Jones at light heavyweight.


Since joining the Bellator ranks Sonnen has won only twice, losing on three occasions, which gives him a career record of 31-17-1 entering retirement.

Nevertheless, Sonnen's career was riddled with drug-taking controversies, incidents which saw eventually suspended for two years after repeat offences.

The 42-year-old is now expected to continue his career as a commentator with ESPN, the broadcaster he has been working for since 2014, on major MMA events.

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