Place of Birth: West Linn, Oregon
Chael Sonnen is a top fighter in the UFC’s middleweight division. He is an accomplished collegiate wrestler, and was an NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at the University of Oregon, two-time University National Champion in Greco Roman, and a US Olympic team alternate.
Sonnen also works as a real estate agent and a politician, and was running for State Representative in Oregon’s House District 37 as a Republican, however ended up dropping out of the race.
Sonnen received his first UFC title shot against Anderson Silva at UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen on August 7, 2010. Sonnen dominated the champion for four rounds, only to be caught and submitted in a triangle choke in the fifth.
NOTABLE VICTORIES: Nate Marquardt, Yushin Okami, Dan Miller, Paulo Filho, Trevor Prangley, Jason Lambert
NOTABLE LOSSES: Anderson Silva, Demian Maia, Paulo Filho, Jeremy Horn, Renato Sobral, Terry Martin, Forrest Griffin, Trevor Prangley