Chael Sonnen Pleads No Contest, Ordered to Pay $750 Fine for Alleged Assault at a Las Vegas Hotel in 2021

Sonnen's criminal case will be thrown out following a plea deal, but the former UFC star still faces two civil suits by the alleged victims

Chael Sonnen
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Three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen has agreed to a plea deal after being accused of attacking multiple people in a 2021 altercation at a Las Vegas hotel.

On Wednesday, Sonnen’s attorney, Dayvid J. Figler, appeared at a motion hearing in the Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court and pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor charge of “breaching the peace,” per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Sonnen will pay a $750 fine after allegedly attacking Christopher and Julie Stellpflug inside a Four Seasons on Dec. 18, 2021. ‘The American Gangster’ was said to have been intoxicated during the encounter and reportedly attacked multiple security guards inside the hotel before being detained. Sonnen was not arrested the night of the incident, but he was charged after the alleged victims made a civil complaint. 

Chael Sonnen Avoids Trial But Still Faces Two Civil Suits

Sonnen was originally scheduled to go to trial on August 9. That will no longer be necessary as the criminal case is officially closed following the plea deal.

However, the professional-fighter-turned-MMA analyst isn’t out of the woods just yet. Sonnen is currently facing two civil suits. One from the couple that Sonnen allegedly attacked and another from a former Four Seasons employee who claims to have been punched in the face during the hotel scuffle. 

The UFC’s broadcast partner, ESPN, suspended Sonnen in response to the incident. Since then, ‘The American Gangster’ has hosted press conferences for Bellator MMA and Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship in addition to producing videos for his YouTube channel. 

Published on July 13, 2023 at 3:54 pm
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