Chael Sonnen returned to the Jim Rome Show today for the first time since a now infamous interview last year in which he was played an audio clip of a derogitory comment he had made days earlier about champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and then proceeded any knowledge of having said it, claiming that it sounded like a hispanic person impersonating him.
His appearance was less controversial this time around, but it still made for entertaining listening.
Perhaps the most interesting section of the interview came when Sonnen appeared to distance himself from comments he made post-fight after his win over Brian Stann at UFC 136 claiming that he would leave the UFC if he lost to Anderson Silva for a second time.
“That offer was good when I made it, but it’s like any offer, they’ve got to expire,” Sonnen told Rome. “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 gotta come up with a new offer.”
Despite that Sonnen does believe that he will fight Silva again, pointing out that it’s not the Brazilian’s decision who he fights next – that’s down to UFC president Dana White who’s already stated that he’d be “stupid” not to put on the eagerly anticipated rematch.
Listen to the full interview below.