One of the greatest – and most controversial – names in MMA comes out of his retirement.

The Associated Press revealed late Thursday that Chael Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) would get back into action for the first time since Nov. 16, 2013, after agreeing to a multiyear, multi-fight contract with Bellator.

The promotion later verified the news, saying Sonnen is going to contend in its light heavyweight division. While he was in the UFC, Sonnen twice fought for the middleweight trophy, losing twice to then-champ Anderson Silva, and also fought for the 205-pound title then retained by Jon Jones. He ended up losing all three fights by stoppage.

“I’m consistently mesmerized by the product and presentation that Bellator is delivering to the fans,” Sonnen stated. “I’m on no account done competing, and I’m coming after every person, everywhere. I’m not attaching to one weight class either. I fight at ‘Gangster Weight,’ and no one is safe.” (More …)