OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Chael Sonnen punches Anderson Silva while on the ground during the UFC Middleweight Championship bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
After Chael Sonnen got done pasting Brian Stann at UFC 136 this past Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas, he took control of the entire arena by giving what some are calling the best post-fight interview in UFC history.
He called out his arch nemesis, Anderson Silva, and offered him a match over the Super Bowl weekend next year but with added stipulations. If Chael won, Silva would leave the division, if Anderson won, Sonnen would leave the UFC forever.
Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, that offer is no longer on the table, as explained to Jim Rome on his radio show today (via MMA Nation):
"That offer was good when I made it, but it's like any offer, you know, they've got to expire. Apparently, that didn't work. I'm doing anything I can to lure him out, and yes, I would have absolutely done that. I'd have done a winner-takes-all, I'd have done any stipulation he wanted. All he needed to do was stand up and give me a thumbs up. He wanted to accept that offer, all he needed to do was nod to me, or have one of his handlers come into the back and says 'Anderson accepts.' He did the exact opposite. He went to the media and said 'I do not want to fight that guy.' So what can I do? Now I have to come up with a new offer."
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
UFC President Dana White maintains that he would be "stupid" not to make the rematch right away but "The Spider" camp feels strongly that Sonnen doesn't deserve a second shot. Which side do you come down on?
The full audio from Sonnen's appearance with Jim Rome is after the jump and yes, there are plenty of gems, including the following statement: "Me fighting the air is a bigger fight than those two (Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre) turkeys."