Following his loss to Lyoto Machida at Bellator 222, Chael Sonnen officially called it a career, leaving his gloves in the cage and walking away from the sport. You can view highlights from the fight by clicking here.
Here's how fellow fighters reacted to The American Gangster announcing his retirement.
You’re the man @ChaelSonnen!!!! Happy retirement!— Douglas Lima (@PhenomLima) June 15, 2019
Good move by @ChaelSonnen. He has enough going on that he doesn’t need to do this anymore. Came back, had some big fights, nothing more to accomplish in the sport— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma) June 15, 2019
Congratulations on a good career @ChaelSonnen, you changed the way to promote fights and make them interesting. All the best to you in the future.— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) June 15, 2019
We appreciate you, Chael. #Bellator222— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) June 15, 2019
I will never forget chael vs Silva when he dominated for 4 and 3 quarter rounds and just barely came up short. One of my favorite fights I’ve seen. Congrats on a fun filled career— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) June 15, 2019
Hope you have a happy retirement @ChaelSonnen, congratulations on your career and changing the game.— Patricky Freire (@PatrickyPitbull) June 15, 2019
If you missed anything from Bellator 222, click here for Fightful's full report.