Chael Sonnen (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)ESPN Hires Chael Sonnen as Analyst José Youngs November 11, 2014 News, Spotlight According to an AP report, former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen has been hired by sports giant ESPN as mixed martial arts analyst. Some of his personalities will be to provide studio commentary and on-site analysis for ESPN. This news comes only few months after it was revealed Sonnen tested positive for several banned substances following a random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. As a result, the 37-year-old was handed his walking papers from FOX, lost his role as co-host of the popular UFC Tonight and saw the NSAC hand him a two-year suspension. Sonnen retired from the sport with 43 professional fights under his belt with a career record of 28-14-1, including a 7-7 record under the UFC banner. He appeared in three title fights but came up short to Anderson Silva twice and Jon Jones once.