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Rousimar Palhares declines offer to train with Chael Sonnen

For someone with a history of making both disparaging remarks about Brazil and light of BJJ it seems UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen has a different opinion of both behind closed doors. According to fellow 185-pounder Rousimar Palhares, Sonnen’s camp contacted his manager in hopes of organizing some training time to help prepare the polarizing pugilist for a July 7 match-up with champion Anderson Silva.

However, while Palhares does not necessarily have a relationship with “The Spider” other than their shared status as Brazilians, he apparently isn’t looking to help Sonnen take Silva’s gold either.

“I said I won’t do it,” revealed Palhares in an interview with TATAME, adding he would definitely be rooting for Silva when he fights Sonnen at UFC 148.

Though the request didn’t work out for Sonnen it’s hard to blame him for trying considering Palhares’ submission savvy and having been tapped out by Silva in their 2010 bout. Then again, considering Palhares’ last outing, Sonnen might have been better off contacting Alan Belcher’s representatives instead.