The outspoken loudmouth is back. Veteran MMA fighter Chael Sonnen is returning to fighting, just not with his longtime employer. Sonnen will join UFC’s top competitor, Bellator, both the fighter and company confirmed Thursday.
Sonnen signed a multiyear, multi-fight contract with the Bellator, according to the Associated Press.
Sonnen has not fought professionally since 2013 and is 1-3 in his past four fights, losing all three via TKO. In 2014, UFC terminated his contract and Sonnen announced his retirement, moving into a role in the media as an analyst for ESPN. Now, the 39-year-old says he never wanted to retire in the first place.
“I never meant it. I was never prepared for it,” Sonnen said via the AP. “I knew I was coming back, and there were more guys to beat up.”
Sonnen simply tweeted a quick message to his fans on Thursday night confirming the signing.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Chael Sonnen ends retirement, returns to MMA with Bellator