— Below the Belt with Brendan Schaub (@btbshowtime) June 6, 2018
Chael Sonnen is known to tell a tall tale, but while as a guest on Showtime’s Below The Belt, Sonnen claimed that the WWE offered him $1 million dollars to no-show his UFC middleweight title fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117.
“I had one piece of contact with the WWE in terms of doing business, and it was right before I fought Anderson Silva,” claimed the current Bellator analyst/ Heavyweight grand prix semi-finalist.
“The offer was and don’t ask me who made it, I’m sure you’ll know. ‘you no call no show that event, you can’t show up to the Anderson fight, you can’t warn the UFC, and we’ll wire you a million dollars right now.”
This is not the first time that the wrestling empire would attempt to poach someone within the UFC, as the WWE allegedly making a similar no show offer to then lead announcer Mike Goldberg in 2005.
The alleged WWE rep gave Sonnen another potential offer if the Oregon native went through with the fight with Silva.
“you beat Anderson Silva, you show up on Raw on Monday night with their belt, we’ll give you five million dollars,” Sonnen told Schaub.
“I had to give my answer right then, nothing in writing, nothing was gonna happen, they’d wire the money and that was that, and I could not warn Dana White.”
Sonnen would end up rejecting the offer, and losing the fight to Silva in the main event by submission in the fifth round. And while Sonnen is a lifelong pro wrestling fan, and would do commentary for the Global Force Wrestling pilot, he would never end up in the WWE.