Bellator’s Chael Sonnen Says “Pure Anger” Key Reason For Ending Retirement
By FCF Staff
Chael Sonnen has elected to end his retirement at the age of 39, and the fighter says his anger for the present state of MMA, is a big reason why.
Recently Bellator shocked the MMA world by announcing it has signed Sonnen to a multi-fight deal. The Oregon native, who was one of the UFC’s top stars, retired in 2015 after he tested positive for several banned substances.
Bellator held a media call recently with Sonnen on the line. During it, “The American Gangster” had this to say, while discussing why he’s elected to fight again (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m watching these guys and they’re talking about money and who their opponents are and the weight class and then this happens. Who cares about all of that stuff?”
“You either want to fight or you don’t, and one of my main motivations for coming back is pure anger. I sit back as a fan, I watch these guys quibble and squabble. I put this deal together with Coker over three phone calls. I didn’t negotiate. I didn’t ask for anything. I wanted an opportunity to fight, that was it. And he’ll tell you the same thing. It was as simple as that.”
Sonnen hasn’t fought since 2013, when he was stopped by Rashad Evans. The accomplished wrestler’s Bellator debut has yet to be determined.