Sonnen: I don’t have a UFC contract
In a business were athletes can make millions of dollars per fight, especially where PPV revenue sharing is involved, it’s almost impossible to imagine that an athlete could compete in such a bout without a contract in place, but that is exactly what Chael Sonnen revealed today:
In a recent interview with former WWE superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin on “The Steve Austin Show,” Sonnen revealed he did not sign bout agreements for “The Spider” or “Bones” and his contract with the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization expired four months ago.
“I never, to this day I don’t have a contract to fight Anderson Silva,” Sonnen stated in the interview. “I never signed an agreement that said I would fight him, we never picked a dollar amount, we never picked a weight class. Nothing. I told those guys I would show up and I did.
“They never had a contract with me, they said what they would do and they did. My UFC contract expired about four months ago, I don’t know if they just haven’t realized it because they’re so busy, or if they just know they don’t need one with me. But, I got a world title fight coming up, we’ve got a sold out venue — I don’t have a piece of paper with my name on it or Jon Jones’ or anything else, but I don’t need one either.”