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Chael Sonnen “Shocked” Anderson Silva Declined Initial Fight Offer

UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen says he meant what he said inside the Octagon after his victory over Brian Stann when he challenged UFC champion Anderson Silva. Sonnen tossed out a loser-leaves-town stipulation, saying he would leave the UFC if he lost. “The Spider,” meanwhile, would be forced to depart the 185-pound division if he was defeated.

Sonnen, while talking with recently, was surprised that the Brazilian did not accept the match immediately.

“Shocked. He comes from a fighting culture,” Sonnen said. “I was blown away that he would insult his entire heritage like that. Behind the scenes, I knew he was a coward, but in a million years, I never thought he would show it publicly.”

Sonnen, who lost via submission to Silva last year in a bout for the UFC middleweight championship, is still hoping to receive a rematch with Silva in February.

“My next opponent, the venue, and the stakes are already set.” Sonnen said. “I am clearly the UFC champion, recognized world-wide and prepared to defend my title against all comers.”