Chael Sonnen Proceeds In Court With Battery Trial

Sonnen is expected back in court in April.

Former two-division UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen has rejected the plea deal in his criminal case.  

Now, he will head to court, which stems from his alleged assault of several people at a Las Vegas Four Seasons hotel last December 18. Of the alleged individuals includes Christopher and Julie Stellpflug who filed a lawsuit and claimed that Sonnen unprovokedly attacked and injured them. 

Sonnen originally faced 11 total charges, which included 10 misdemeanor battery charges and one count of felony battery by strangulation, but the former fighter now faces just four charges. 

The felony battery and six misdemeanor counts were dropped in March and September. 

Now, Sonnen will reportedly head to trial next year on April 5. 

In addition to the Stellpflugs’ lawsuit, Sonnen also faces a lawsuit from a hotel maintenance worker, who claims Sonnen and an unnamed accomplice assaulted them. 

Sonnen last fought in 2019 and has become a multi-promotional analyst. But ESPN suspended him in March due to the ongoing case. He was most recently the host of the annual World MMA Awards. 

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