Local MMA Fighter Chael Sonnen's Adventures Continue


In some ways, it's a pity that MMA fighter Chael Sonnen pulled the plug on his budding political career back in 2010 (he was running as Republican candidate for a House seat in West Linn when a looming federal indictment for mortgage shenanigans caused him to withdraw). Sonnen has gone on to fight gamely for world championships and make perhaps an even bigger name for himself outside the octagon as ...   More
Thursday, July 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Legislative Candidate Chael Sonnen In MMA Title Bout Tonight

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Chael Sonnen, a former University of Oregon wrestler and one-time GOP legislative candidate is well-known as a mixed martial arts fighter but even better known as a talker. Deadspin's got a pretty interesting take on Sonnen's career as he heads for a likely spanking tonight at UFC 159 in Newark at the hands of Jon "Bones" Jones, the top fighter in the MMA octagon.Here's how the story starts:Chael Sonnen ...   More
Saturday, April 27, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss

UFC Fighter Chael Sonnen Returns to Politics, Sort Of


One of the strangest stories of the 2010 election cycle involved Chael Sonnen, a world-class ultimate fighter from West Linn who filed to run for an open Oregon House seat in district 37 (West Linn and parts of Clackamas County).Sonnen who was simultaneously training for a world championship fight and running for office, an unusual combination in Oregon politics, earned unwanted publicity and Rogue ...   More
Friday, June 1, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

MMA Fighter and Would-be Pol Sonnen Sentenced


The odd saga of one-time Republican House candidate Chael Sonnen came to at least a temporary end today when Sonnen was sentenced on federal mortgage fraud charges (details below). In an indirect way, the GOP in Oregon may have benefited from the legal problems that surfaced in 2010 for Sonnen, a leading mixed martial arts fighter. Sonnen never mounted much of a campaign last year in House District ...   More
Friday, April 8, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Republican Beats The Crap Out of Somebody Over The Weekend

Chael Sonnen, who's running for the Republican nomination in a suburban Portland district, got a big win on Saturday that had nothing to do with politics. The GOP hopeful in House District 37 (taking in parts of Washington and Clackamas counties) crushed his opponent in UFC 109 to get a shot at the middleweight title. And Sonnen also got a lot of attention to comments he made about mixed ...   More
Monday, February 8, 2010 HANK STERN

MMA Fighter Chael Sonnen Drops out of House 37 Race (Updated with Hanna comment)

Chael Sonnen, this week's Rogue, has quit the race in House District 37 (West Linn and parts of Washington County) due to unspecified concerns about a pending legal matter, according to Yahoo Sports. Here's an excerpt from the statement Sonnen released: In the best interests of my district, I am resigning from my campaign for the Oregon House of Representatives. A 2006 legal issue has arisen ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fighter, Candidate Chael Sonnen Lies About Twitter Account

Chael Sonnen, the Republican nominee for state House District 37 (West Linn and parts of Washington County) comes to politics from the world of ultimate fighting. On Aug. 7 in Oakland, Sonnen will battle Ultimate Fighting Championship world middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Sonnen, a 33-year-old former University of Oregon All-American wrestler, will be an underdog against the man who some ...   More
Friday, June 11, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Rogue Update: You've Got to Listen to Chael Sonnen's Take on Lance Armstrong

Remember Rogue of the Week alum Chael Sonnen, the erstwhile Republican candidate in Oregon House District 37 (West Linn and parts of Washington County). The UFC fighter, who dropped out of the Oregon House race in June, got WW's Rogue dishonors for lying to WW about inflammatory statements made on his Twitter account about Anderson Silva, who is fighting Sonnen this Saturday. Now, fast forward ...   More
Thursday, August 5, 2010 HANK STERN


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