Shocking news broke last night when it was reported that former multi-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen had signed a multi-fight, multi-year deal with Bellator MMA.
“The American Gangster” had recently finished serving out a two-year suspension handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after he failed multiple drug tests in 2014. He had also entered himself into the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) testing pool, leading many to believe that he would be returning to the UFC.
Well, Sonnen sure threw us a curveball, but he will now serve as one of the biggest stars on the Bellator roster and many intriguing bouts await him.
Let’t take a look at five fights for the self-proclaimed ‘Bad Guy’ to take in his new promotion:
In my opinion, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz seems to be the most likely option for Sonnen’s Bellator debut given the fact that “The American Gangster” has already expressed interest in the possibility according to Ariel Helwani. Apparently, Sonnen is targeting the bout for November.
The potential scrap undoubtedly makes sense given the fact that both men are aging veterans likely near the tail ends of their respective careers.
Ortiz has won two of three bouts since debuting in the Bellator cage back in 2014. He scored victories over Alexander Shlemenko and Stephan Bonnar before being submitted by current 205-pound champion Liam McGeary last September.
Sonnen last competed in 2013 when he was brutally finished by Rashad Evans.
Aside from the fight itself, the build-up and promotion between Sonnen and Ortiz would also be memorable.