Chael Sonnen Agrees To Plea Deal Over Hotel Fight

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Former UFC star and West Linn’s own Chael Sonnen has been cleared of criminal charges from an unprovoked attack on multiple people at an airport in 2021 after agreeing to a plea deal Wednesday.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sonnen pleaded no contest to a “disrupting the peace” misdemeanor charge.

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 20: MMA fighter Chael Sonnen discusses Bellator MMA at Build Studio on June 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)

Chael Sonnen’s legal representation appeared in court Wednesday to accept the deal. The 46-year-old has six charges dropped, including felony strangulation. Sonnen was ordered to pay a $750 fine, per the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court.


Sonnen was accused of attacking a couple at a Four Seasons hotel in Vegas on Dec. 18, 2022. The Bellator analyst was allegedly intoxicated as he assaulted the couple. The MMA fighter was detained by employees and a security guard that Sonnen also struck.

Aside from his signature smack-talk, Chael Sonnen is perhaps best remembered for his heated rivalry with Wanderlei Silva and a two-fight saga against former UFC champion Anderson Silva.

Sonnen nearly defeated the then-undefeated Silva at UFC 117 and lost, decidedly, in the UFC 148 rematch.

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Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.

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