Major news comes out of Las Vegas as former UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen has been hit with 11 charges stemming from a December 2021 incident in the Luxor Hotel and Casino, according to TMZ Sports.
Per the report, prosecutors filed 11 charges against the ‘Bad Guy’ including a felony battery by strangulation charge and 10 misdemeanor battery charges. On December 18th, 2021, police responded to reports of a disturbance at around 7 pm where, according to witnesses, he banged repeatedly on a woman’s hotel room door.
He then got into an altercation with the unnamed woman’s husband, and the woman was seen calling for help during the assault. According to the police report, the former UFC and Bellator athlete fought five separate victims before being detained by law enforcement.
Sonnen Was Originally Thought to Avoid Charges
A month after the brawl in January, it was reported that Chael Sonnen’s charges for battery would be dismissed.
“The misdemeanor battery case against Chael Sonnen was dismissed without prejudice today in Las Vegas Justice Court, per online records,” Marc Raimondi of ESPN wrote on social media. “Sonnen was issued five citations last month stemming from a hotel incident in which he was accused of battery against five people.”
As the charge was dismissed without prejudice, the state had the option to refile the charges in the case. Early this week, the state chose to refile charges against Sonnen. The new court documents accuse Sonnen of attacking five men and one woman during the altercation at the Luxor Hotel on December 18. ‘The American Gangster’ allegedly choked a man, punched and/or struck a woman, and punched and/or kneed others in the head and face during the incident.
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