Height: 6'1" (186cm)
Weight: 185 lbs
Fighting out of: Portland, USA
Camp: Team Quest
Chael Sonnen (born April 3, 1977 in West Linn, Oregon) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He is currently signed as a middleweight with the UFC.
Sonnen was a 2x National Champion, NCAA All-American, and he was a US. Olympic team alternate. Chael also works as a real estate agent.
In December of 2007, Sonnen fought Paulo Filho for the WEC middleweight championship. Sonnen was defeated by submission at 4:55 of the second round. There was controversy stemming from the fight stoppage, however. Sonnen did not tap out but yelled out the word "tap", and the referee took that as a verbal submission and stopped the fight.
In his post-fight interview Sonnen said that he told the referee not to stop the fight, and continually said "No" when the referee asked if he wanted to submit. However, in a later interview Sonnen admitted that the referee "made a fair call".