Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Analyst & Co-Host
Chael Sonnen is a mixed martial arts (MMA) analyst for ESPN. He currently co-hosts “Ariel & The Bad Guy,” a weekly MMA program on ESPN+ and serves as a studio and on-site analyst, providing expert pre- and post-fight insight on SportsCenter’s coverage of UFC events.
Sonnen — who fought for the UFC world title three times at two different weight classes, against former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva (twice) and UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones — currently holds an MMA record of 29-14-1.
He has served as a UFC analyst for FOX Sports and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen,” which aired on FX, and “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil: Team Wanderlei vs. Team Sonnen,” which aired on UFC Fight Pass, the organization’s digital subscription service. In addition, he made several guest appearances as an analyst on ESPN’s MMA Live in 2010.
He currently hosts “You’re Welcome with Chael Sonnen,” a weekly podcast featuring MMA insight, analysis and interviews on PodcastOne. Sonnen, an Oregon native, attended the University of Oregon, where he was an NCAA All-American wrestler.