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Chael Sonnen avoids jail time for alleged hotel assault in 2021

Chael Sonnen, the former UFC and Bellator star, has settled the legal case related to a reported hotel attack in 2021.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Sonnen, 46, entered a no contest plea to a single misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace and was ordered to pay a $750 fine in Clark County (Nev.) Justice Court.

Neither Sonnen nor his criminal lawyer, Dayvid Figler, could be reached for comment. The case stemmed from an alleged incident that occurred at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas on Dec. 18, 2021. Sonnen was accused of randomly assaulting a couple and then resisting security guards and hotel staff who tried to stop him.

He was not taken into custody by police on the night of the reported incident, but he was charged when the alleged victims filed a civilian complaint. Sonnen initially faced a felony count of battery by strangulation and 10 misdemeanor counts of battery, but prosecutors later dropped four of the misdemeanor charges, and another four were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

According to reports, Sonnen did not have to meet any conditions as part of his plea agreement, and the legal case is now over. This is not the first time that Sonnen has faced legal troubles. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to federal money laundering charges and was sentenced to two years of probation. In 2014, he failed two drug tests and was suspended from MMA for two years.

He retired from MMA in 2019 after losing to Lyoto Machida at Bellator 222.

What do you think of Sonnen's plea deal? Do you think he got off too easy or too harshly?


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