Chael Sonnen made his retirement official, effective immediately on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday evening. Sonnen was scheduled to face Vitor Belfort next month, but failed a pre-fight drug test and was facing a suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
While a constant source of enjoyment when it came to media sound bites, Sonnen wasn’t a completely liked individual around the sport. Still, his name carried plenty of weight and Twitter was all abuzz about his decision.
Here are some of the noteworthy tweets sent out following the news:
Chael Sonnen announced on UFC Tonight that he is retiring from MMA following random drug test failure earlier this week
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) June 12, 2014
A5. @sonnench is a good friend and training partner I support him whatever he does. He's an educated guy I think TRT is a tricky subject
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) June 12, 2014
— UFC (@ufc) June 12, 2014
Chael Sonnen, welcome to your retirement. #UFC
— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) June 12, 2014
earned more $ from UFC than most champs, including current champs. Has a job @ FOX, Retired as a TOP 10. Loser, huh? pic.twitter.com/ngEjbFidGY
— Vinny Magalhaes (@VinnyMMA) June 12, 2014
@sonnench Thanks for the memories! You'll always be the true People's Champion. Often imitated, never duplicated.
— J.T. Zapien (@mmajunkie7375) June 12, 2014
— Mark La Monica (@LaMonicaMark) June 12, 2014
Following failed drug test, Chael Sonnen announces that he will retire from mixed martial arts. (via @FOXSports)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 12, 2014
It's a sad day. @sonnench retired.
— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) June 12, 2014
If Sonnen is done in the cage, he sure had a hell of a run. From milquetoast to super star. Quite the ride. Doubt he stops making noise.
— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) June 12, 2014
— Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) June 12, 2014
— John Stouffer (@johnstouffer) June 12, 2014