Former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen has found a new gig, agreeing to work ESPN’s coverage of upcoming MMA events.
Sonnen, previously the host of “UFC Tonight” and other UFC-led programming for FOX Sports 1, was released from his contract with the network after failing multiple drug tests. According to a report by ESPN, he has signed a multi-fight agreement as a studio and on-site analyst, providing expert pre- and post-fight insight on ‘SportsCenter’s coverage of major UFC pay-per-view events.”
That contract includes this coming weekend, as Sonnen will help break down UFC 180 coverage for ESPN. He was a two-time UFC middleweight title contender and one-time challenger to the light heavyweight title.
“Chael is a tremendous analyst and we are excited to have him join ESPN,” said Glenn Jacobs, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “Along with our established UFC analyst Gilbert Melendez, Chael allows us to provide unparalleled UFC coverage. We feel his insights from years in the octagon and his outgoing personality will enhance SportsCenter’s place as a destination for UFC fans.”
Most recently, Sonnen was the color commentator for BattleGrounds MMA alongside former WWE announcer Jim Ross. He also started his own podcast, “You’re Welcome with Chael Sonnen.”
“The industry leader in sports and ESPN have finally joined forces. You’re welcome, wait! These mics hot? The biggest thing to happen to ESPN since well nothing really comes close,” Sonnen said. “In all seriousness, to ESPN, to Disney, to the Hearst Corporation and to all the viewers…you’re welcome. From one industry leader to another, I look forward to the opportunity of bringing my stories, insight and unique perspective of mixed martial arts to the network.”