Former UFC middleweight contender and current Bellator heavyweight tournament participant Chael Sonnen has always had an interesting relationship with the truth, something that would probably serve him well in the pro wrestling world. That level of truthiness may or may not be showing again in a recent podcast where he claims WWE offered him a $5 million dollar contract during his trash-talking UFC heyday.
“I was still under contract with the UFC and I never took this to Dana,” Sonnen remembered. “I handled it on my own. I told [WWE], ‘No’ and that was the end of that. I never told Dana White this story, but here’s why I didn’t tell him. I knew if I called Dana and said, ‘I’ve got a $5 million offer from Vince McMahon,’ Dana would have matched it.”
As for why he didn’t do that?
“There’s something really interesting about Dana,” Sonnen said. “If you want to play cutthroat business, he will play. But if you want to relax and just let him take care of things, you’re going to be a lot better off.”