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Chael Sonnen has 2 misdemeanor battery charges dismissed in Las Vegas hotel attack case

Former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen is facing a reduced number of charges in a criminal case stemming from an alleged December hotel attack in Las Vegas.

In a hearing on Wednesday, Pro Tem Judge Craig Friedberg dismissed two counts of misdemeanor battery that accused Sonnen of a Dec. 18 attack on Julie and Christopher Stellpflug at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the news for the first time.

Sonnen initially faced 11 total charges, including 10 misdemeanor battery charges and one felony battery charge by strangulation. The dismissal of both misdemeanor charges on Wednesday follows a previously dropped felony battery charge as well as the filing of an amended criminal complaint in March. This amendment reduced the number of misdemeanor counts to six, which is now down to four after Wednesday’s hearing.

According to lawsuit filed by the Stellpflugs, Sonnen allegedly attacked the couple in the hotel hallway “without provocation”, resulting in injuries.

Sonnen’s defense attorney, Dayvid Figler, filed a motion to dismiss all charges after prosecutors were unable to obtain statements the Stellpflugs had previously made to a California television station, claiming that the comments could be used as exculpatory evidence in the case.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Jake Merback argued that failure to obtain the statements did not constitute withholding of evidence.

“There is no reason to believe that statements made to the media would be inconsistent with prior statements by the Stellpflug,” Merback wrote in court documents.

Merback also wrote that only charges related to the Stellpflug’s alleged injuries should be thrown out of the case if the judge disagreed with the charge.

Sonnen, 45, was not present for Wednesday’s hearing.

Public negotiations are expected to resume at a hearing on Oct. 5, according to online records. Sonnen, who recently hosted a pair of pre-fight press conferences for the upcoming Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva boxing match, has yet to publicly comment on the matter.

The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie