Chael Sonnen retired Friday night following a second round TKO loss to former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida at Bellator 222 in New York.
“I fully thought I was going to win this fight. I was going to call out Ryan Bader, I had the whole thing ready. I dug deep, I had a hard life…I worked really hard my whole life for a lot of goals. I swear to goodness, I think you have a scale. I’ve just used up all my toughness.”
Sonnen retires with a 31-17-1 record in MMA. He will be remember mostly for his “talk” and promoting of fights, his willingness to take on any fighter at any time, and his 2 matches with Anderson Silva (both losses at UFC 117 and UFC 148).