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Chael Sonnen declines offer to fight Wanderlei Silva in Brazil, but open to jiu-jitsu match in Metamoris

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Time for Plan B?

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Wanderlei Silva is banned from mixed martial arts (MMA) -- at least in the United States -- and his former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rival Chael Sonnen is currently serving a two-year suspension from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

Get all the latest details on those punishments here.

But that wouldn't stop them from competing outside the jurisdiction of stateside commissions, like Japan or the far reaches of Brazil, which may explain why "The Axe Murderer" was asking to fight the podcast extraordinaire for XFC International.

MMA Fighting has the report:

The former PRIDE middleweight champion was a guest color commentator at Saturday night's XFC International 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and said in an interview to RedeTV, TV channel that aired the event live in Brazil, that he would come back to face his longtime rival Chael Sonnen.

"Are you ready to do this? Let's do this," XFC president Myron Molotky asked Silva after the XFCi 7 main event, where Allan Nascimento defeated Ruslan Abiltarov via decision.

"If (Sonnen) accepts the fight, why not?" Silva replied. "I'd do it. Why not? I'm here. Come get it."

Not happening.

Sonnen told MMAmania.com that in addition to his retirement from active competition, he plans to honor his current suspension from NSAC, which doesn't expire until mid-2016. He is, however, willing to throw down against Silva in a jiu-jitsu match under the Metamoris banner, should the Brazilian be willing to comply.

Judging by these comments back in July, it sounds like he is.

Your move, Ralek.