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Chael Sonnen Net Worth, Background, Championships, Biography, Career, and Personal Life

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Chael Sonnen is an American born retired mixed martial artist who is currently an MMA specialist. He started his boxing training in high school and began professionally wrestling in college.

As of 2020, Chael Sonnen net worth of $12 million through wrestling, podcasts and heavyweight lifting.

Biography and Background

Full Name

His full name is Chael Patrick Sonnen.


Sonnen actually has two very different nicknames. One is The American Gangster and the other is The People’s Champ.


Sonnen is an American.


He was born on April 3, 1977 and is 43 years old.


Sonnen was a mixed martial artist before he retired in 2019.

Zodiac Sign

Born on April 3, Sonnen is an Aries.


Sonnen was born and raised in Oregon, United States. There, he went to the West Linn High School. This is where he first started his training for boxing.

After graduating from high school he went to attend the Brigham Young University, but soon transferred to University of Oregon, where he majored in Sociology with a bachelor’s in science degree.

Sonnen successfully wrestled all throughout college and even won a gold medal in 2000 in the Greco-Roman World University Championship.

At the age of 19, he changed his focus MMA fighting while he was still in university. He caught the eye of UFC after winning his first six fights in the Middleweight Division.



His father’s name is Patrick Sonnen. He sadly passed away in 2002.


His mother is Claudia Sonnen.


Chael Sonnen grew up with one sister and six brothers.


Sonnen married his wife Brittany Smith on 2013. They have two beautiful children together. Brittany was really sick in 2016, when she gave birth to a baby girl they named Baluna.

But the baby died soon because of an illness called listeria.


He has two children, a boy and a girl. The boy is named Thero and the girl is named Pria.

Career Development

Chael Sonnen began his career at the age of 19 as a mixed martial artist in 1997. He got his first victory by defeating Ben Hailey in Vancouver, Washington.

His next win was Jason Miller who was also known as Jason “Mayhem” Miller. He lost for the first time in his seventh fight which was against Trevor Prangley. He again lost to Forrest Griffin in 2013.

He first made his appearance in the UFC during the UFC 55, where he had a fight with Renato Sobral, which he eventually lost.

In another fight got a win against Trevor Prangley in the Ultimate Fight Night 4, where he finally evened the score. He was released from his UFC contract after losing in a fight in the UFC 60 with Jeremy Horn.

After that, in May 2016, he joined the Bodog Fighting, but soon left for the World Extreme Cagefighting. He again returned to UFC after he was done with that.

Where he challenged Anderson Silva and was suspended by SCAS. After an appeal and removal of suspension he again got back in the UFC.

He then also got into light heavyweight and had a rematch with Silva. His stay in the UFC didn’t last long after Sonnen failed a drug test three times in a row.

Later on he had a contract with Bellator MMA but retired in 2019.

Chael Sonnen Net Worth

Chael Sonnen has the net worth of 12 million dollars as of 2020. Most of which he has gotten through his career in boxing and wrestling. His specialty is in mixed martial arts.

Alongside that he is a licensed realtor in Oregon and also had a pizza place. He was also involved in sports commentary and analyzing.

Sonnen also has a podcast called “You’re Welcome! With Chael Sonnen”. In his 43 years of life, he has done quite a lot to finally get to where he is now.


In Amateur Wrestling:

National Collegiate Athletic Association

  • NCAA Division I All-American out of University of Oregon (1998)
  • NCAA Division I 190 lb. – 8th place out of University of Oregon (1998)
  • Pac-10 Conference 197 lb. – 2nd place out of University of Oregon (1999)
  • Pac-10 Conference 197 lb. – 2nd place out of University of Oregon (2001)

University National Greco-Roman Championships

  • 25 lb. – 3rd place out of University of Oregon (1997)
  • 25 lb. – 2nd place out of University of Oregon (1998)
  • 25 lb. – 1st place out of University of Oregon (1999)
  • 25 lb. – 1st place out of University of Oregon (2000)
  • Awarded “Most Outstanding Wrestler” of 2000 tournament

World University Greco-Roman Championships

  • 25 lb. – 2nd place (2000)

Senior National Greco-Roman Championships

  • 25 lb. – 4th place (2000)
  • 185 lb. – 4th place (2002)

2000 US Greco-Roman Olympic Team Trials

  • 25 lb. West Regional Champion
  • 25 lb. – 3rd place

US Greco-Roman World Team Trials

  • 75 lb. – 4th place (2002)

Dave Schultz Memorial International Greco-Roman

  • 25 lb. – 1st place (2000)
  • 75lb. – 1st place (2001)

University National Freestyle Championships

  • 25 lb. – 5th place out of University of Oregon (1998)
  • 25 lb. – 3rd place out of University of Oregon (1999)
  • 25 lb. – 2nd place out of University of Oregon (2000)
  • Championship Belt Series Winner, University Level (2000)

In Mixed Martial Arts:

Ultimate Fighting Championship

  • Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Nate Marquardt and Anderson Silva
  • Submission of the Night (One time) vs. MaurícioRua

Danger Zone

  • DangerZone Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
  • DangerZone Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner

George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

  • George Tragos Award (2016)

Gladiator Challenge

  • Gladiator Challenge Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)

Hitman Fighting Productions

  • Hitman Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)

World MMA Awards

  • Fight of the Year (2010) vs. Anderson Silva on August 17
  • Personality of the Year (2013)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

  • Best on Interviews (2010)

Social Media Presence

Chael Sonnen has official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. The links are provided below.




Some Lesser Known Facts

  • Sonnen actually ran as the Republican candidate for the 37th district of the Oregon House of Representatives in 2010 and dropped out the same year.
  • In Oregon, he is a licensed realtor.
  • He started a pizza business in 2012 and sold it off in 2014.
  • Sonnen has been in two movies, Here Comes the Boom (2012) and Grudge Match (2013).
  • Sonnen has a German heritage, he is also a Catholic.
  • He has fought in a total of 49 matches in mixed martial arts category, among which he has won 31 matches, lost 17 matches and had only 1 draw.
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