Chael Sonnen is a renowned American mixed martial artist. Fighting in the WEF, UFC, Pancrase among others, Sonnen has gained popularity in the world of martial arts. He has had a long string of success since he started his fighting career in 1997 and with that has come to a good amount of wealth. This piece accentuates the net worth of Chael Sonnen in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Chael Patrick Sonnen was born on April 3, 1977. It is not clear where the American mixed martial artist was born. Speculations are that his place of birth is Milwaukie, Oregon or West Linn, Oregon.
Sonnen attended West Linn High School, and it is here where he started wrestling, becoming a state runner-up. He officially began training in boxing in 1996 with dreams of getting an opportunity to compete in the UFC once through with high school.
He attended Brigham Young University and later transferred to the University of Oregon. His transfer was because the former institution has considerations of cutting off their wrestling program. While Sonnen was at Oregon, he earned quite a few awards including the All-American honors.
Chael graduated from the University of Oregon having attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology.
Chael Sonnen married Brittany in July 2013. This couple welcomed their first child, a son named Thero, on June 4, 2015.
Chael has had a drug problem throughout his career and has failed a total of three drug tests.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Sonnen took up his mixed martial arts career in 1997 when he was 19 years. He won against Ben Hailey in Vancouver, Washington. He went on to defeat future ICON Sports Middleweight Champion and Strikeforce Middleweight contender Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Sonnen had won six fights before being beaten by Trevor Prangley.
His debut in the UFC was when he took part in a Light Heavyweight Bout, facing former IFC Light Heavyweight Champion namely Renato Sobral, at UFC 55. Sonnen submitted to a triangle choke in the second round. He avenged his first loss by winning against Trevor Prangley through a unanimous decision at the UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4. Then, he fought Jeremy Horn for the third time at the UFC 60 and submitted to an armbar.
Shortly after this, Sonnen was released from the UFC.
He debuted in the Bodog Fight in May 2006. Sonnen defeated Tim Credeur via TKO. He had several more wins and finally left Bodog. At the SuperFight 20: Homecoming, he won against Kyacey Uscola, and in December 2007, he joined the World Extreme Cage fighting. His first fight was with Paulo Filho which he lost.
WEC’s Middleweight was dissolved, and Sonnen returned to the UFC. He challenged Anderson Silva but submitted to a triangle armbar.
Sonnen failed a drug test and was fined $2,500. He was also suspended for one year by the California State Athletic Commission. His rematch with Silva was subsequently canceled.
Sonnen signed with Bellator MMA, losing his first fight to Tito Ortiz on January 21, 2017.
Besides fighting, he has worked as a sports commentator and analyst.
Net Worth & Earnings
Sonnen has a net worth currently estimated to be $12 million. He has earned his wealth mainly through his fighting competitions. Sonnen has also ventured into the real estate industry which has earned him a good amount of income. He has also earned from making appearances in films and television, and also earns as a sports analyst.
Regardless of drug scandals, Sonnen has had a successful career. He is an award-winning mixed martial artist and has solidified his legacy in the industry. He continues to be an example for future MMA aspirants.