Former UFC star Chael Sonnen gets trial date for alleged hotel rampage

Three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen will go to trial in August.

By: Stephie Haynes | 4 months ago
Former UFC star Chael Sonnen gets trial date for alleged hotel rampage
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Chael Sonnen arrested, released, charges dropped

On December 18, 2021, three-time UFC title contender Chael Sonnen was arrested by Las Vegas PD after an altercation in the Four Seasons Hotel that was described at the time as a “crazy rampage” that allegedly had five victims. He was questioned and released that night, and the following January, a judge dismissed the charges against him without prejudice.

Details would emerge, some true, some not, like Brendan Schaub spinning a tale that Chael was heroically protecting his wife, who’d supposedly been verbally assaulted. That story was debunked when it was revealed that she’d supposedly been asleep after taking sleeping pills. Another wrinkle that would be brought to light was him claiming to police officers that he couldn’t remember the incident. There were reports that he allegedly attacked security guards and a video emerged of him being led away in handcuffs.

Chael Sonnen charged again, headed to court

The respite of having the charges dropped would be brief, as just a few weeks later in mid-March, the police department filed a new criminal complaint charging Sonnen with 11 counts of battery including one count of felony strangulation. Over the course of the year, the charges would be reduced down to just four misdemeanors due to a lack of evidence. But civil suits would soon arise.

Chris and Julie Stellpflug filed the first civil suit, alleging that Chael physically attacked both, putting Chistopher Stellpflug in a chokehold after slapping a drink out of his hand in the hallway of their hotel. A maintenance employee reportedly involved in the incident has also filed a lawsuit against Sonnen, claiming he was punched in an unprovoked attack while working at the hotel.

Chael Sonnen pleads not guilty

According to new court records obtained by MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin, this past Tuesday, Chael Sonnen entered a plea of not guilty. Those records also stated that Sonnen met with court officials for negotiations regarding a plea deal but were rejected. As a result, a bench trial date has been set for 9:30 a.m. local time in Las Vegas on Aug. 9. The bench trial will be overseen by Judge Ann E. Zimmerman.

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Stephie Haynes
Stephie Haynes

Stephie Haynes has been covering MMA since 2005. She has also worked for MMA promotion Proelite and apparel brand TapouT. She hosted TapouT’s official radio show for four years before joining Bloody Elbow in 2012. She has interviewed everyone there is to interview in the fight game from from Dana White to Conor McGregor to Kimbo Slice, as well as mainstream TV, film and music stars including Norman Reedus, RZA and Anthony Bourdain. She has been producing the BE podcast network since 2017 and hosts four of its current shows.

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