Bellator MMA have announced their latest signing of Chael Sonnen to a multi-year, multi-fight contract with the promotion.
Sonnen (29-14-1) retired from MMA in 2014 due to a string of failed drug tests that saw him suspended for two years by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
During his time in the UFC Sonnen went up against Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Demian Maia and Rashad Evans to name but a few. He will now make his MMA return at Light heavyweight but this time for Bellator MMA against names such as the current division champion Liam McGeary, Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
“I’m consistently blown away by the product and presentation that Bellator is bringing to the fans,” said Sonnen. “I’m not nearly done competing and I’m coming after everyone, everywhere. I’m not sticking to one weight class either, I fight at ‘Gangster Weight’ and nobody is safe.”
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said “Chael is an incredible athlete that has competed at the very highest levels of the sport, I know that he is going to continue to do just that here at Bellator. When we were in the process of signing him, Chael was adamant that he wants to compete in three divisions here. He already has unfinished business with Wanderlei Silva, but he also wants to fight guys like Tito Ortiz, Fedor Emelianenko and even Rory MacDonald at middleweight. These are all fights that I’d be very inclined to watch, so hopefully we can put some, if not all of these matchups together starting before the end of the year.”