Chael Sonnen faces 11 grievous bodily harm in Las Vegas
Chael Sonnen, former UFC star and current MMA analyst for ESPN, faces 11 battery charges in Las Vegas following an incident in December.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by ESPN, Sonnen is accused of assaulting six people, including a man he allegedly strangled. He is also accused of using “the force of violence on” a woman “by striking/hitting her” and pushing her.
This case is special in that Sonnen had already been charged with five assaults after the incident, but those charges were dropped in January. Nevertheless, because the charges were dropped without prejudice, they could be refiled.
Police documents from the incident have not yet been made available.
Sonnen will be on the sidelines of ESPN during this case, at least for now.
“Chael will not appear on ESPN as we explore the details of these serious charges,” ESPN said in a statement.
Sonnen, 44, has previously fought Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship and lost two bouts to the legendary Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight championship.
In 2014, Sonnen failed his second UFC drug test and third overall of his MMA career. in this circumstance, he tested positive for HGH, EPO and hCG. He was suspended from MMA competition for two years. He then returned to fight for Bellator and retired from MMA in 2019.