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Chael Sonnen says he has not signed contract to fight Anderson Silva

In what might be casually termed a “buzz kill”, UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen has come forward to reveal he hasn’t actually inked a deal to face champion Anderson Silva on June 23 at UFC 147 in a Brazilian soccer stadium or anywhere else for that matter.

Yesterday the UFC announced rivals Sonnen and Silva would meet on the aforementioned date in Rio de Janeiro. The bout is a rematch of their 2010 battle where Sonnen nearly took Silva’s title by way of decision before a last-minute submission by “The Spider” ended things in the fifth frame.

Both Sonnen and his manager, Mike Roberts, confirmed to MMAFighting a bout agreement had yet to be put in place. Sonnen also added he has a “demand” he wants to include in the deal but remained secretive beyond the basic statement.

Sonnen vs. Silva II is easily one of the most anticipated fights in recent years based on the closeness of their first encounter, an even more impressive feat when considering Silva’s dominance inside the Octagon against all other opponents. Adding to the intrigue, Sonnen has also directed an extraordinary amount of trash-talk at Silva, calling him a coward on multiple occasions in addition to numerous other insults both personal and professional.


  • somethin makes me think that this is just going to be another moment for sonnen to build some hype….or at least give Anderson the opportunity to call him a coward in turn.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Sonnen is just trying to squeeze this lemon until theres nothing left…. can’t blame him because after Silva beats him there won’t be much left for Sonnen to build off of… His imaginary run will be over… Stann isn’t a top tier fighter & Bisping could have gotten the nod in a close decision if you ask me so therefore my defining his run as imaginary.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    just wish he’d shut the fuck up, sign to fight, shut the fuck up, train hard, fight, and then shut the fuck up.
    mostly, i just wish he’d shut the fuck up

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Hindsight, master of ambiguity strikes again. ;)

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    What hindsight said. But if Chael balks at that… well, then:

    “Due to difficulties in the contractual process, coupled with the risk of Chael again failing a drug test for this championship bout, the UFC has opted to move in another direction – Anderson Silva will next defend his belt against Dan Henderson.”

    Now sign on the dotted line, schmuck.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Chael has been saying this for weeks now, and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if he’s saying even after he signs the contract. Assuming he’s not going to duck Silva. Which also wouldn’t shock me. The only time Chael has said anything that interested me is when he went after the New York congressmen in that video he recently contributed to.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    That would be so funny. If after all this they gave Dan the shot. It wont happen though. White would be loving this crap.

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