Chael Sonnen Pays $750 Fine in Plea Agreement Over Hotel Brawl, Responds Comically

Chael Sonnen
Chael Sonnen, Bellator 297 press conference Credit: Jack Dombro/Bellator MMA

Chael Sonnen’s legal woes in Las Vegas have turned out to be a drop in the bucket, as the fighter has accepted a plea deal in a case that saw him accused of multiple counts of battery in a 2021 hotel brawl.

Previously hit with a felony charge, that count was dropped over a year ago, while two of six misdemeanour charges were also dropped in September of 2022. The incident arose when an allegedly intoxicated Sonnen struck a man and his wife at a Four Seasons hotel in Las Vegas, then began elbowing another man who attempted to intervene.

Sonnen was also accused to striking two security guards who attempted to break up the melee, hitting one in the nose while kicking a second in the chest. The former UFC and Bellator MMA fighter was escorted off the property, but not arrested at the time of the incident.

A LVMPD Public Information Officer told Cageside Press at the time that “Through the course of the investigation, LVMPD officers determined that Chael Sonnen had committed a misdemeanor battery against five separate victims. Sonnen was issued a battery citation for each individual victim, then escorted off property.”

Per a new report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sonnen’s attorney Dayvid J. Figler entered a plea of No Contest to a single misdemeanour count of breaching the peace on Wednesday. The fighter was fined $750 as a result.

A previous attempt at reaching a plea deal had fallen through in December, with Sonnen’s attorney rejecting the prosecution’s offers at the time. In the meantime, Sonnen still faces a civil lawsuit filed by two of the alleged victims.

Sonnen’s response to the news was… well, very Chael Sonnen. Just two words, in fact. “And STILL.”