The hugely popular former MMA fighter also faces a felony charge classified as battery by strangulation
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Retired UFC contender and social media sensation Chael Sonnen has been charged with 11 counts of battery including a felony classified as battery by strangulation following an incident in Las Vegas in December.
The popular pundit will not appear as an MMA analyst for ESPN while the broadcasters investigates what it described as “serious charges”.
Former middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger Sonnen was originally charged with five battery citations in the case.
The dismissal of those charges meant the charges could be refiled, with ESPN.com reporting that the criminal complaint filed against Sonnen concerns an attack on six people, including a man he is accused of strangling.