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'Legal issue' prompts Chael Sonnen to withdraw from Oregon senate race

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His words:

"In the best interests of my district, I am resigning from my campaign for the Oregon House of Representatives. A 2006 legal issue has arisen that needs my immediate attention. I am not at liberty to disclose the details, but my name was involved in a real estate case that requires a ruling. If the ruling is adverse, I would be disqualified from running for office until 2011. So, given that possibility, I have chosen to withdraw my name as a candidate in 2010. I will continue to contribute to my community and ensure that we have a capable candidate to run for my district in November."

UFC middleweight number one contender Chael Sonnen (via Fight Magazine) releases a statement announcing his withdrawal from the Oregon senate race after a "legal issue" has come to light that could jeopardize his future in politics. Sonnen has also enjoyed a career in real estate and may have a few loose ends to tie up before his return to the campaign trail. Will Anderson Silva vote him out of the middleweight office at UFC 117? Or is "The Spider" going to be delivering a concession speech on August 7?