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Chael Sonnen Added To Reality Series

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Former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen and ex-bowing champion Laila Ali have been cast for the upcoming season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

The series is entering its eighth season and 15th overall of the reality show. Arnold Schwarzenegger takes over hosting duties.

Sonnen, who works for both the World Series of Fighting and ESPN for fight-night coverage, faced Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title twice. He also challenged Jon Jones for the light heavyweight belt before retiring from the sport following a failed drug test.

The series started in 2008 and was created by Mark Burnett. Donald Trump, who is running to become the next President of the United States of America, was the first host. Previous winners include Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels and Arsenio Hall.

Former UFC champion and current Bellator fighter Tito Ortiz appeared on the first season of the “Celebrity” version.

Below is the complete cast for the season:

Laila Ali, retired boxing world champion and daughter of Muhammad Ali

Brooke Burke-Charvet, actress, TV host and CEO of

Eric Dickerson, pro football hall of fame running back

Boy George, Grammy-winning singer

Matt Iseman, America Ninja Warrior host

Carrie Keagan, actress, writer and former host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan

Carson Kressley, Emmy-winning reality TV fixture and celebrity stylist

Lisa Leslie, four-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion

Jon Lovitz, comedian and former Saturday Night Live star

Vince Neil, lead vocalist of Mötley Crüe

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, former star of Jersey Shore

Kyle Richards, actress and star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Chael Sonnen, former UFC fighter and mixed martial artist

Porsha Williams, singer and star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Ricky Williams, Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Texas and ESPN sports analyst

Carnie Wilson, singer and member of Wilson Phillips

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Fight Cards

Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen

Event Date: January 21, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

Bellator 171: Guillard vs. Njokuani

Event Date: January 27, 2017
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena

Event Date: January 28, 2017
Broadcast: Fox

UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie

Event Date: February 4, 2017
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 208: Holm Vs. De Randamie

Event Date: February 11, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione

Event Date: February 18, 2017
Broadcast: Spike