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Chael Sonnen faces 11 battery charges for alleged Las Vegas hotel altercation

Former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen faces nearly a dozen charges stemming from his December arrest in Las Vegas.

According to online court records, Sonnen was hit with 10 misdemeanor battery charges and one felony battery charge by strangulation. He is due to appear in court for the first time on April 27 in Las Vegas. TMZ Sports Tuesday was the first to report the deposits, which took place on March 14.

The alleged incident took place on December 18 at the Luxor Hotel and Casino. Initially facing five misdemeanor counts for alleged altercations with five separate people, Sonnen had the charges “dismissed by the court without prejudice.” It was possible that the charges would be filed again at a later date.


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The police said mma fight in January, Sonnen was never arrested or imprisoned, but he was issued citations and escorted off the property. A video posted by TMZ Sports shows a man who appears to be Sonnen being escorted down a hallway with his hands behind his back and a T-shirt around his shoulders.

Sonnen, 44, has not competed since 2019 but has held an analyst role for various stations and promotions, including the UFC and Bellator, as well as running the grappling promotion Submission Underground. He has not yet commented on the charges against him.