Light Heavyweight Contender Debuts
January 29 at 10:00 PM ET
LOS ANGELES, CA - The UFC’s biggest talker has a new place to speak his mind. Viewers can get their weekly dose of UFC Light Heavyweight Contender Chael Sonnen as the new addition to “UFC Tonight”, FUEL TV’s official weekly news and information show of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®). Sonnen makes his debut on Tuesday, January 29 (10:00 PM ET).
“We’re thrilled Chael is joining UFC TONIGHT,” says Steve Becker, Coordinating Producer. “By adding another fighter to the show with Kenny Florian, viewers will get twice the first-hand perspective and twice the opinions on everything that happens in the UFC. Chael’s intimate knowledge and extensive experience in the UFC, plus his larger-than-life and always entertaining personality, make him an excellent addition to our staff.”
“I’m excited to join UFC TONIGHT,” says Sonnen. “The one thing I love more than being the toughest guy in the Octagon is being the smartest, most clever fighter that ever got punched in the face. I will add pure rocket fuel to the show’s already plasma-hot repertoire. Good luck keeping up with us now. All of you should stay tuned, because I guarantee that each appearance by your seasoned general, Chael Patton Sonnen, will be your favorite slice of television to date.”
“Chael is such an accomplished fighter, and has never been one to be shy in front of the camera,” says UFC TONIGHT’s Florian. “He’s a friend of mine, so I expect we’ll have a lot of fun on UFC TONIGHT. Not only does he inject personality into everything he does, but he’s also extremely knowledgeable about the technical aspects of the sport.”
Sonnen’s quipped commentary and extensive knowledge of the UFC will complement the analysis done by Florian. Both have years of experience in the Octagon, allowing them to analyze all the news in the sport. Longtime sports host Leeann Tweeden and three-time World MMA Awards Journalist of the YearAriel Helwani will continue to work on the show with Sonnen and Florian.
Sonnen has served as an analyst for FUEL TV numerous times over the last year, and including stints on the network’s Weigh-in, Prefight, and Postfight shows. In addition, he’s hosted a reoccurring segment on UFC TONIGHT called Chael’s Corner where he offered his viewpoint to various topics in the sport.
Prior to joining the UFC TONIGHT, Sonnen has been in the MMA spotlight both in and out of the Octagon. The self-described “People’s Champ” has a 28-12-1 overall MMA record and has been a top contender in the UFC middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. Along with his duties on UFC TONIGHT, he can be seen coaching on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM JONES VS TEAM SONNEN - Season 17 on FX Tuesdays (9:00 PM ET) beginning January 22. Still an active fighter, Sonnen will take some time off from his hosting duties in the spring to prepare for his fight against Jon Jones in April.
“UFC Tonight” is the official weekly news and information show of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The show is co-hosted by veteran UFC fighter and multiple title contender Kenny Florian and Todd Harris. Two-time World MMA Awards Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani adds insider news.
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