BodogFight Awards Bonus Prize to MMA Fighter at Inaugural Pay-Per-View Event

Chael Sonnen takes $50,000 as the BodogFight Favorite Fighter

December 4, 2006

At its spectacular pay-per-view event on Saturday,  BodogFight recognized Chael Sonnen as the viewer’s choice for favorite fighter.  In a strictly fan-based voting contest, Sonnen beat out all other fighters who  competed in the first season of the newest mixed martial arts (MMA) program  created by billionaire  Entertainment Founder Calvin Ayre. For receiving nearly four times the number  of votes than his nearest competitor, Sonnen will take home the $50,000 cash prize  as the fan’s favorite fighter.  

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“Upon his arrival in Costa Rica, Chael made it clear that  he was out to be the toughest fighter in BodogFight’s  debut season,” says Calvin Ayre, whose  digital empire includes the international record label, Bodog  Music, which provided the soundtrack for the series. “Chael annihilated his  opponent Tim Credeur inside the ring then crushed all the competitors in voting.  He’s truly deserving of this honor.”

Sonnen possesses all the qualities of a warrior and was born  into an accomplished sporting family in West    Lynn, Oregon; his  mother was a seven-time trap-shooting champion. With family support, he quickly  ascended to the top level in two sports, competitive wrestling and MMA. Training  with Team Quest, one of MMA’s most accomplished fighting groups, Sonnen has  perfected his Vale Tudo fighting style under the watchful eyes of four-time UFC  champion Randy Couture, Olympic silver-medalist Matt Lindland and Pride idol  Dan Henderson. With all the necessary tools in his arsenal, Sonnen has the  skill, discipline and focus to become a phenomenon in MMA. With the culmination of BodogFight’s successful first season  and pay-per-view extravaganza, filming of BodogFight:  St. Petersburg is now under way. In the breathtaking city of St. Petersburg, Russia, 32 of the world’s top combatants  will compete for a spot in BodogFight’s second live pay-per-view event in March  2007. 

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Biographies of all BodogFight:  St. Petersburg fighters, exclusive footage, and unedited interviews from  the filming in Russia  will soon be available at BodogFight’s  official web site,, with additions added to  “The Latest” section as MMA news happens. Each episode will air simultaneously on  the broadband network  and in more than 43 million homes across the United States .