Wanderlei Silva declines UFC’s Chael Sonnen offer, according to Dana White

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Wanderlei Silva kicks Rich Franklin during their UFC 147 bout in Brazil. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images.

You wouldn’t expect something like this from someone named “The Axe Murderer.”

According to UFC President Dana White, Wanderlei Silva declined the UFC’s offer to fight Chael Sonnen after the Brazilian fighter said he wouldn’t compete if the payday doesn’t include income from pay-per-view earnings.

“[Silva] said he won’t fight him unless he gets PPV [points] so I guess he’s gonna retire,” White texted to MMAFighting.com.

GRACIEMAG.com attempted reaching Silva, but there was no response to requests for comment at the time of this publication.

Sonnen recently called out Silva, following a win over “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 last weekend, saying, “Wanderlei Silva, in three months: you and the bad guy.”

Since then, Silva hasn’t responded publicly to Sonnen’s post-fight speech, but White has apparently communicated with the former Pride middleweight champion with no agreements about the terms of the match-up.

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