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Chael Sonnen explains retirement after Bellator 222: 'I feel like I used all of my toughness up'

Posted On: Jun 15, 2019   |   Posted By: MMAjunkie

Chael Sonnen explains retirement after Bellator 222: 'I feel like I used all of my toughness up'

NEW YORK- “The American Gangster” is hanging up the gloves following Friday night's Bellator 222 event at Madison Square Garden.
In a heartfelt, and at times emotional, post-fight news conference Chael Sonnen detailed his decision to walk away from the sport of mixed martial arts. Sonnen said the retirement was not predetermined before the fight but felt right given the way things played out.
“No, I didn't have that planned,” Sonnen said. “I thought I was going to win this fight and call out Ryan Bader. Everything was going my way until it wasn't. But no, I don't regret it. It was a No. 1 contender's match, and I thought it was a big opportunity, and it was. It's somebody else's turn.”
While his retirement wasn't decided before entering the cage, Sonnen came to a realization once he stepped inside. Taking on Machida, he felt he was lacking the intangible tools that made him a successful fighter.
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