Chael Sonnen has been sitting on the bench so long due to a two year suspension, that he often refers to himself as a "retired fighter." Now that the lifting of his suspension is on the horizon, it looks as if his "retirement" is about to end.
While nothing has been officially announced by the fighter himself, his manager has a lot to say about his so-called "retirement." Mike Roberts went on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight and stated that his client is ready to get back into the ring.
"I firmly believe if the right fight and offer come along Chael will jump at the chance to fight again. He is as competitive as they come."
Sonnen's suspension ends on July 23. He tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PED's) in a pair of tests given in preparation for UFC 175. He was slated to fight Wanderlei Silva. Once his suspension is up, Sonnet will have to get re-licensed in order to fight. His last fight was at UFC 167 in November of 2013.
It was a first round TKO loss to Rashad Evans.
Since his suspension, Sonnet has competed against Andre Galvao and Renato Sobral at Metamoris grappling events. He's also served as an Analyst for the World Series of Fighting.
The soon-to-be 39 year old gained recognition thanks to his well-documented feud with Anderson Silva. A feud that culminated when Sonnen almost defeated Silva at UFC 117. He ended up losing to Silva by submitting in the 5th round of that match.
They held a rematch at UFC 148, which was heavily promoted. Silva, once again, beat Sonnen in a second round TKO.
Zonnen is 7-7 in the UFC.