Chael Sonnen is one of the most exciting personalities in MMA. Sonnen in his illustrious MMA has fought the who’s who of MMA. He has also appeared in a couple of movies. He has appeared as a fictionalized version of himself in the films ‘Here Comes the Boom’ and ‘The Grudge Match’.The movie grudge match is a boxing movie starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro.
In the movie ‘Grudge Match’, Sonnen gets into an argument with the characters played by Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. The confrontation results in Sonnen slapping Stallone. An angry Stallone would knock Sonnen out cold with a powerful right hook. Interestingly, the argument started after De Niro and Stallone dissed MMA in favor of boxing.
De Niro even compared MMA to professional wrestling. Sonnen’s entry to the scene was to confront the veteran boxers in the movie for the statement.
Both Stallone and De Niro starred in iconic boxing movies in their youth. Stallone directed and starred in the Academy Award-winning ‘Rocky’ in 1979. De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1980 movie ‘Raging Bull’ where he portrayed real-life boxing champion Jake LaMotta.
Sonnen fought for the UFC title thrice. He challenged Anderson Silva, twice, for the middleweight title. In his first fight against Silva, he was en route to a victory but was submitted by Silva in the final round. He also fought Jon Jones for the light heavyweight championship. Post his UFC career, Sonnen competed at Bellator MMA.
Chael Sonnen’s ironic role in the movie ‘Here Comes the Boom’
Many UFC fighters have dabbled in Hollywood. Recently, Conor McGregor became part of the movie, ‘Road House’ starring Jake Gyllenhall. Kamaru Usman had a small role in the movie ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. Francis Ngannou and Ronda Rousey were part of the Fast Furious franchise.
Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson are part of the Cobra Kai series. Moreover, Woodley acted in numerous Hollywood movies and even a Bollywood movie, ‘Sultan’.
Chael P. Sonnen has acted in only two movies. Both movies resemble his fighting career. ‘The Grudge Match’ showed his typical trash talk. In ‘Here Comes the Boom’, Sonnen taps out to Kevin James‘ character. However, he argues with the referee for the stoppage. This is a sly dig at him arguing the stoppage to referee Josh Rosenthal at UFC 117 when he taps out to Anderson Silva.
Even though MMA fighters have appeared in movies, they have not had a starring role in a big Hollywood production. However, Conor McGregor is rumored to have a big role in his upcoming movie debut. Nevertheless, with the rising popularity of MMA, the chances of it happening are not slim in the future.
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