Former Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Chael Sonnen put down his gloves a couple of years ago, as he is now an analyst for UFC fights, married to the lovely Brittany Smith, mother of his two beautiful kiddos, with all of that happening in his life aren’t you a bit curious on how Chael Sonnen makes his fortune? What is Chael Sonnen’s net worth in 2021? Find out about that and so much more about him.
Chael Sonnen Net Worth
Chael Sonnen’s net wort in 2021 has been estimated at $10 million; Sonne quit mixed martial arts competitions in 2013; made a brief returned to the octagon in 2018 and 2019, but mostly you can expect him to be an analyst for ESPN, a job he first started doing in 2014.
Chael Sonnen Salary
Chael Sonnen’s monthly salary is $141,700; he quit the MMA in June 2014, following a second failed drug test, the UFC and Fox Sports subsequently terminated his contract as analyst on June 30, 2014. He later signed with Bellator in 2016 and retired for the second time in June 2019.
Since that happened, Sonnen has been an analyst for ESPN, he covered his first fight at UFC 180 on November 14, 2014. He also worked for Global Force Wrestling and Bellator MMA.
Chael Sonnen Early Life
Chael Sonnen started taking wrestling lessons at an early age, he also took boxing and competed while he attended West Linn High School and later at Brigham Young University; Sonnen later transferred to the University of Oregon after Brigham Young University revealed they were considering cutting their wrestling program.
Sonnen graduated in 2001, with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology where he also was a two-time Dave Schultz Memorial International Greco-Roman winner, two-time PAC-10 runner-up, earned All-American honors, and won a silver medal at the 2000 Greco-Roman World University Championships.
Chael Sonnen Career
Wrestling and boxing came early in his life, he was 19, when he made his Mixed Martial Arts debut against Ben Hailey at Battle of Fort Vancouver on May 10, 1997, he won that bout in the first round.
In March 2002, competed at HFP 1: Rumble on The Reservation, against Jason Miller and at Dangerzone 13: Caged Heat the following month. Between 2003 and 2005, Sonnen fight for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), Pancrase, Gladiator Challenge, IFC, Euphoria, rage on the River among others.
He first joined the UFC in October 2007, made his debut at UFC 55, against Renato Sobral who defeated him by submission in the second round; he won his next fight against Trevor Prangley at UFC Fight Night 4 in April 2006, but lost his third and final UFC fight against Jeremy Horn at UFC 60.
He later joined BodogFIGHT, WEC, and returned to the UFC for UFC 95, where he, unfortunately, lost the fight to Demian Maia by submission on the first round on February 21, 2009. Left the UFC for the second time after UFC 167, on November 16, 2013, and joined Bellator in 2017.
Between 2013 and 2017, Sonnen served his 2 years suspension from martial arts competition worldwide due to his multiple failed drugs test.
His first fight with Bellator after his suspension was against Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170; he later faced Wanderlei Silva at Bellator 180 (won by unanimous decision), defeated Quinton Jackson at Bellator 192 on January 20, 2019, and lost his two finals fights against Fedor Emelianenko and Lyoto Machida at Bellator 208 and Bellator 222 respectively.
Chael Sonnen Record
6’1 Chael Sonnen has a fighting record of 31 wins, 19 losses, and one draw out of 49 fights. Sonnen won 8 fights by knockout, 4 by submission, and 10 by unanimous decision. He lost 7 fights by knockout, 9 by submission, and 1 by unanimous decision.
Sonnen started his career as a real estate realtor in 2006, in Oregon, but things went down the drain for him when he admitted the sale of a home in Portland “was designed to conceal or disguise the ownership and control of the proceeds of wire fraud.”
He told the mortgage lender to pay $69,000 to a plumbing company owned by his mom, for repairs that he knew were not going to be done. After the whole thing came to the surface, Sonnen pleaded guilty to a charge of one count of federal money laundering; he was ordered to give up his Realtor’s license, pay a $10,000 fine, and placed on probation for two years.
He started Mean Streets Pizza in West Linn, Oregon with partner Lee Gamble in 2012, but the two became involved in a nasty legal fight where Sonnen sued Gamble for embezzlement and unpaid rent then Gamble responded with a counter lawsuit seeking $400,000 in damages from Sonnen for defamation, wage reimbursement, and his ownership interest in the business, that eventually settle out of court.
Mean Street Pizza was renamed Island Sam’s Pizza in 2014 under new management in 2014. Chael recently has been promoting products for the health and wellness website cbdMD.
Chael Sonnen Politics
In 2010, Chael Sonnen announced he was running as the Republican candidate for the 37th district of the Oregon House of Representatives, in June that same year, Sonnen informed he intended to drop out due to personal reasons.
“A 2006 legal issue has arisen that needs my immediate attention. I am not at liberty to disclose the details, but my name was involved in a real estate case that requires a ruling. If the ruling is adverse, I would be disqualified from running for office until 2011.
Chael Sonnen Filmography
Chael Sonnen made his acting debut in Frank Coraci’s 2012 film Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler, and Salma Hayek; the film also included other MMA fighters like Wanderlei Silva, Bas Rutten, Jason Miller, Krzysztof Soszynski, Mark DellaGrootte, as well as special appearances by UFC right girl Arianny Celeste, Herb Dean, Mike Goldberg, Jacob Stich Durand, and the great Bruce Buffer.
The following year, Sonnen appeared in Peter Segal’s film Grudge Match, along with Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Jon Bernthal, Kim Basinger, Kevin Hart, and Alan Arkin. Chael was also a contestant on the 8th season of Celebrity Apprentice.
Chael Sonnen Personal Life
Chael Sonnen was born Chael Pattrick Sonnen on April 3, 1977, in Milwaukee, Oregon; he is the son of Patrick Michael Sonnen and his wife Claudia D. Sonnen (nee. Gleason), born on July 5, 1946. Chael for his part is a married man to a beautiful lady, who has blessed him with two kiddos, a boy and a lovely girl.
Chael Sonnen Wife
We first Chael Sonnen’s pretty wife Brittany Smith, I guess she now goes as Brittany Sonnen in 2012, they dated for a while and married in June 2013, apparently, they got some friends and family together for an engagement party before heading to Las Vegas, where they later tied the knot, none of her guests suspected they were really in Las Vegas to get married as they previously told them they were getting planning to get married in a couple of months, and the Las Vegas trip was just part of their engagement celebration.
Chael Sonnen Chilldren
Brittany and Chael Sonnen have two beautiful children together, Thero born in June 2015 and Pria born in December 2017. They suffered the loss of their daughter Blaina Dian born in June 2016. According to news, Brittany contracted listeria a serious infection transmitted when a person eats contaminated food. Blaina born 10 weeks prematurely died six days after birth.