Former UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has remained busy despite his retirement from the company after multiple failed drug tests and his unceremonious firing from UFC/FOX Sports broadcasts.
Almost immediately after his departure from FOX, ESPN brought him aboard as an MMA analyst. To curb his competitive appetite, the ‘Gangster from West Linn’ has remained active in the competitive jiu-jitsu scene by competing in Metamoris, the California-based submission-only grappling tournament. Sonnen was submitted by BJJ world champ Andre Galvao in his promotional debut at Metamoris IV in August of last year.
Now, the 37-year-old quasi-retired promo-machine is looking for a bit of revenge from his fighting days, as earlier today it was announced that Sonnen would again be competing at the next Metamoris event this summer against former foe Renato “Babalu” Sobral. Although no date is officially set, the event will take place in Los Angeles and a main event announcement will follow in the coming days.
Sobral and Sonnen rumbled back in their company days at UFC 55 in 2005. Sobral submitted Sonnen in the second round via triangle choke. It is important to note that Sonnen does have a win over his Brazilian counterpart from a prior tussle years ago in a lesser promotion, and it seems like the two aging vets are looking to settle the score on the submission mats.
News of the match was confirmed today by Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie, along with Sonnen, and a specific date is to be announced in the coming days. The promotion features one 20-minute round of competition; if a submission is not achieved in the allotted time, a draw is declared.
What say you, Cagereaders? Do you still want to see Chael Sonnen compete and is Metamoris a suitable venue for his talents?