MMA notes: Sonnen yanks offer

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

TORONTO - Chael Sonnen has withdrawn his ‘loser leaves town’ challenge to middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Following his destruction of Brian Stann at UFC 136 earlier this month, the Oregon native said he’d leave the UFC if Silva could beat him again. However, if the Brazilian lost, he would have to leave the division.

Since Silva’s camp didn’t accept, Sonnen said he has gone back to the drawing board.

“That offer was good when I made it, but it’s like any offer, they’ve got to expire,” Sonnen said on the Jim Rome Show. “Apparently, that didn’t work. I’m doing anything I can to lure him out, and yes, I would have absolutely done that. I’ll do a winner-takes-all, I’ll do any stipulation that he wants. All he needed to do was stand up and give me a thumbs up.

“If he wanted to accept that offer, all he needed to do was nod to me, have one of his handlers come in the back and say, ‘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’ve got to come up with a new offer.”

WERDUM AND UFC TALKING AGAIN

Strikeforce heavyweight Fabricio Werdum appears to be in talks with the UFC again.

In an interview with Brazilian MMA site Tatame.com, Werdum’s trainer, Rafael Cordeiro, said the former PRIDE star could return to the octagon by the end of the year.

“He’s back to training; he’s making everybody laugh,” Cordeiro said. “He’ll probably fight in December … he’s talking to the UFC guys, and maybe they (will) come up with something for December.”

Werdum was cut by the UFC in 2008 following a money dispute.

After securing consecutive TKO victories over Brandon Vera and Gabriel Gonzaga, Werdum penned a more lucrative contract with the organization. However, in his next appearance he was knocked out by the debuting Junior dos Santos.

The UFC brass then attempted to negotiate a new deal that would have seen Werdum take a pay cut, but he refused and was subsequently released.

SANTIAGO KICKED TO CURB

Jorge Santiago has been cut by the UFC following back-to-back losses.

Prior to returning to the organization in May, the former Sengoku middleweight champion had won 11 of his last 12 fights. Victories over the likes of Andrei Semenov, Kazuo Misaki, Jeremy Horn and Mamed Khalidov even earned him a spot among the top 185-pound fighters in the world.

However, Santiago has never been able to duplicate that kind of success in the octagon, amassing a UFC record of 1-4.

At UFC 130 he suffered a brutal TKO loss to Brian Stann. Though the bout won Fight of the Night honours, Santiago took a one-sided beating. He then followed up the loss by dropping a dull unanimous decision to Demian Maia at UFC 136 earlier this month.

HIGH PRAISE FOR LYTLE

Matt Mitrione likes to take things one fight at a time.

In fact, the UFC heavyweight admits he enjoys having no control over potential opponents or rankings. He simply shows up to train and fight.

But the former football player said if he has anything to aspire to, it’s the example left by the recently retired Chris Lytle.

“Any time you can have a fight and win on the way out the door — that’s awesome,” Mitrione told QMI Agency. “If I can do anything even close to what Chris Lytle did or accomplished, then I’m on the right path. Chris as a human being, friend and mentor taught me an incredible amount. If I can do anything that comes close to him, then I’m good.”


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