Photo of Chael Sonnen
Team Team Quest
Age 42
Gender Male
Height 6' 1"
Weight Class Light-heavyweight

Chael Sonnen is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He is currently signed as a middleweight with the UFC. He was a two-time National Champion, NCAA All-American wrestler, and he was a US. Olympic wrestling team alternate.

Professional Career Statistics

Pro Record 30-18-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Career Length 22 years, 1 month, 4 days
Rounds Fought 88.8
Avg. Fights/Year 2.2
Longest Layoff 3 years, 2 months, 5 days
Quickest Turnaround 2 weeks

Record BreakDown

- KO/TKO SUB DEC
Wins 7 4 19
Losses 7 10 1
Finish Rate 36.7%
Finished Rate 94.4%
Win by Decision Rate 63.3%
Loss by Decision Rate 5.6%
Win by KO Rate 23.3%
Loss by KO Rate 38.9%
Win by SUB Rate 13.3%
Loss by SUB Rate 55.6%
Win Method
Loss Method

Current Streak

2 Losses

Quick Hits

Fastest Win 00:00
Fastest KO 00:40
Fastest SUB 00:14
Ave. Rounds (Ws) 2.1
Ave. Length of Fight (Ws) 10:18
Ave. Rounds (Ls) 1.4
Ave. Length of Fight (Ls) 06:55
Finish Rounds
Finished Rounds

Official Professional Fight Record

Date Opponent Weightclass Method Round Time
Official MMA Fight Results 06/14/2019 L
(30-17-1)
Lyoto Machida
(25-7-0)
LHW
(205.6 vs. 204.4)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
Bellator MMA 222
2 0:22
Official MMA Fight Results 10/13/2018 L
(30-16-1)
Fedor Emelianenko
(37-5-0)
HW
(227.0 vs. 236.0)
TKO/RSC
Bellator MMA 208
1 4:46
Official MMA Fight Results 01/20/2018 W
(29-16-1)
Quinton Jackson
(36-11-0)
HW
(222.0 vs. 253.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Bellator MMA 192
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 06/24/2017 W
(28-16-1)
Wanderlei Silva
(36-12-1)
LHW
(205.8 vs. 205.8)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Bellator MMA 180
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 01/21/2017 L
(28-15-1)
Tito Ortiz
(18-12-1)
LHW
(205.8 vs. 204.8)
Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Bellator MMA 170
1 2:03
Official MMA Fight Results 11/16/2013 L
(28-14-1)
Rashad Evans
(18-3-1)
LHW
(206.0 vs. 205.0)
TKO/RSC
UFC 167
1 4:05
Official MMA Fight Results 08/17/2013 W
(27-14-1)
Mauricio Shogun Rua
(21-7-0)
LHW
(205.0 vs. 205.0)
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
UFC Fight Night 26: Sonnen vs Rua
1 4:47
Official MMA Fight Results 04/27/2013 L
(27-13-1)
Jon Jones
(17-1-0)
LHW
(205.0 vs. 205.0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
1 4:33
Official MMA Fight Results 07/07/2012 L
(27-12-1)
Anderson Silva
(31-4-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 184.0)
TKO/RSC
UFC 148 Silva vs. Sonnen
2 1:55
Official MMA Fight Results 01/28/2012 W
(26-12-1)
Michael Bisping
(22-3-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 185.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 10/08/2011 W
(25-12-1)
Brian Stann
(11-3-0)
MW
(185.5 vs. 186.5*)
Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)
UFC 136 Edgar vs Maynard III
2 3:51
Official MMA Fight Results 08/07/2010 L
(25-11-1)
Anderson Silva
(28-4-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 184.5)
Submission (Arm Bar)
UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen
5 3:10
Official MMA Fight Results 02/06/2010 W
(24-11-1)
Nate Marquardt
(29-8-2)
MW
(185.0 vs. 186.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 109: Randy Couture vs Mark Coleman
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 10/24/2009 W
(23-11-1)
Yushin Okami
(23-4-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 185.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 05/23/2009 W
(22-11-1)
Dan Miller
(11-1-0)
MW
(186.0 vs. 185.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC 98: Evans vs Machida
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 02/19/2009 L
(22-10-1)
Demian Maia
(10-0-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 184.0)
Submission (Triangle Choke)
UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson
1 2:37
Official MMA Fight Results 11/05/2008 W
(21-10-1)
Paulo Filho
(15-0-0)
MW
(184.5 vs. 189.5*)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 03/26/2008 W
(20-10-1)
Bryan Baker
(3-0-0)
MW
(186.0 vs. 184.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
WEC 33: Back to Vegas
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 12/12/2007 L
(20-9-1)
Paulo Filho
(14-0-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 185.0)
Submission (Arm Bar)
WEC 31: Live on Versus
2 4:55
Official MMA Fight Results 10/27/2007 W
(19-9-1)
Kyacey Uscola
(14-9-0)
TKO/RSC
Sport Fight 20
1 1:00
Official MMA Fight Results 07/14/2007 W
(18-9-1)
Amar Suloev
(22-6-0)
MW
(185.8 vs. 183.2)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
Bodog Fight: Eddie Alvarez vs Matt Lee
2 3:33
NSF 02/10/2007 W
(17-9-1)
Tim McKenzie
(9-3-0)
Submission (Choke)
Bodog Fight: Paradise Lost
1 0:14
NSF 12/02/2006 W
(16-9-1)
Aleksei Oleinik
(13-2-0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Bodog Fight: USA vs. Russia
3 5:00
NSF 08/22/2006 W
(15-9-1)
Tim Credeur
(6-1-0)
TKO/RSC
Bodog Fight: Day 2
2 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 05/27/2006 L
(15-8-1)
Jeremy Horn
(77-14-5)
MW
(185.5 vs. 186.0)
Submission (Arm Bar)
UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie
2 1:17
Official MMA Fight Results 04/06/2006 W
(14-8-1)
Trevor Prangley
(13-3-0)
MW
(185.0 vs. 185.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
UFC Fight Night 4
3 5:00
NSF 10/07/2005 L
(14-7-1)
Renato Sobral
(25-6-0)
Submission (Triangle Choke)
UFC 55: Fury
2 1:20
NSF 07/09/2005 W
(13-7-1)
Timothy Williams
(2-4-0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
Sport Fight 11: Rumble at the Rose Garden
1 3:59
Official MMA Fight Results 02/26/2005 W
(12-7-1)
Adam Tarsey
(4-0-0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
Mixed Fighting Championship 3: USA vs. the World
1 3:49
NSF 12/03/2004 L
(12-6-1)
Terry Martin
(6-0-0)
Submission (Verbal Submission)
XFO 4
2 5:00
NSF 10/21/2004 W
(11-6-1)
Alex Stiebling
(17-6-1)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
WEC 12: Halloween Fury 3
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 09/23/2004 L
(11-5-1)
Jeremy Horn
(71-13-5)
LHW
(200.0 vs. 205.0)
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Sport Fight 6: Battleground in Reno
2 2:35
NSF 07/25/2004 L
(11-4-1)
Keiichiro Yamamiya
(30-18-8)
Decision (Majority Decision)
Pancrase: 2004 Neo-Blood Tournament, Night Event
3 5:00
NSF 05/06/2004 L
(11-3-1)
Jeremy Horn
(68-12-5)
TKO/RSC (Cut)
Extreme Challenge 57
1 3:34
NSF 04/17/2004 W
(10-3-1)
Justin Bailey
(0-0-0)
TKO/RSC (Flying Knee)
Rage at the River
1 0:40
Official MMA Fight Results 03/13/2004 W
(9-3-1)
Arman Gambaryan
(9-1-1)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Mixed Fighting Championship 1: Russia vs. USA 1
3 5:00
NSF 12/27/2003 W
(8-3-1)
Homer Moore
(20-3-2)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Rumble On The Rock: Proving Grounds 1
2 5:00
NSF 11/13/2003 W
(7-3-1)
Jason Lambert
(14-4-0)
Decision
Gladiator Challenge 20
3 5:00
Official MMA Fight Results 09/06/2003 L
(7-2-1)
Forrest Griffin
(7-1-0)
LHW
(197.0 vs. 201.0)
Submission (Triangle Choke)
International Fighting Championship: Global Domination
1 2:25
NSF 05/02/2003 W
(6-2-1)
Renato Sobral
(17-5-0)
Decision
Hitman Fighting 3
NSF 02/16/2003 D
(6-2-0)
Akihiro Gono
(15-9-6)
Draw
Pancrase: Hybrid 2
2 5:00
NSF 01/25/2003 L
(6-1-0)
Trevor Prangley
(7-0-0)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from an Arm Bar)
Xtreme Fighting Alliance 5: Redemption
1 0:00
NSF 08/24/2002 W
(5-1-0)
Justin Hawes
(1-0-1)
TKO/RSC (Referee Stoppage from Strikes)
United Full Contact Federation: Rumble in Rochester
2 4:26
Official MMA Fight Results 07/13/2002 W
(4-1-0)
Jesse Ault
(1-1-0)
LHW
(204.0 vs. 201.0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Revolution Fighting Championships 1: The Beginning
3 5:00
NSF 04/13/2002 W
(2-1-0)
Jesse Ault
(1-0-0)
Decision (Unanimous Decision)
Danger Zone 13: Caged Heat
5 6:00
NSF 04/13/2002 W
(2-1-0)
Scott Shipman
(6-0-0)
Submission (Choke)
Danger Zone 13: Caged Heat
2 2:08
NSF 03/30/2002 W
(1-1-0)
Jason Miller
(3-0-0)
Decision
Hitman Fighting 1: Rumble on the Reservation
2 5:00
NSF 12/04/1999 L
(1-0-0)
Trevor Prangley
(1-0-0)
Submission (Triangle Choke)
World Pankration Kickboxing Organization
1 0:00
NSF 05/10/1997 W
(0-0-0)
Ben Hailey
(0-2-0)
Decision
Battle of Ft. Vancouver
0:00
* Bouts marked with an 'Official' logo denote results which have been verified by an ABC-recognized athletic commission
* Bouts marked with an (*) are considered exhibition bouts and do not count towards the fighter's record
* Weights marked with an (*) denote those over the limit for the weight class

Amateur Career Statistics

Amateur Record 1-0-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
Career Length -
Rounds Fought 0.4
Avg. Fights/Year 1.0
Longest Layoff -
Quickest Turnaround -

Record BreakDown

- KO/TKO SUB DEC
Wins 1 0 0
Losses 0 0 0
Finish Rate 100.0%
Finished Rate 0.0%
Win by Decision Rate 0.0%
Loss by Decision Rate 0.0%
Win by KO Rate 100.0%
Loss by KO Rate 0.0%
Win by SUB Rate 0.0%
Loss by SUB Rate 0.0%
Win Method

Current Streak

1 Win

Quick Hits

Fastest Win 01:07
Fastest KO 01:07
Fastest SUB -
Ave. Rounds (Ws) 0.4
Ave. Length of Fight (Ws) 01:07
Ave. Rounds (Ls) 0.0
Ave. Length of Fight (Ls) 00:00
Finish Rounds

Official Amateur Fight Record

Date Opponent Weightclass Method Round Time
NSF 12/13/2003 W
(0-0-0)
Greg Crunutt
(1-2-0)
TKO/RSC
Full Contact Fighting Federation: Rumble at the Roseland 10
1 1:07
* Bouts marked with an 'Official' logo denote results which have been verified by an ABC-recognized athletic commission
* Bouts marked with an (*) are considered exhibition bouts and do not count towards the fighter's record
* Weights marked with an (*) denote those over the limit for the weight class