No Rep. Sonnen for Oregon: Middleweight drops out of race

UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen can now focus all his time on preparing for his title bout with Anderson Silva. After winning the Republican primary uncontested, he dropped out of the Oregon congressional race.

According to a statement released by Sonnen, he is dropping out of the race because of a legal issue.

In the best interests of my district, I am resigning from my campaign for the Oregon House of Representatives. A 2006 legal issue has arisen that needs my immediate attention. I am not at liberty to disclose the details, but my name was involved in a real estate case that requires a ruling. If the ruling is adverse, I would be disqualified from running for office until 2011. So, given that possibility, I have chosen to withdraw my name as a candidate in 2010. I will continue to contribute to my community and ensure that we have a capable candidate to run for my district in November.

In addition to being a fighter for the past eight years, Sonnen has also paid the bills by being a realtor. Judging by the statement, it seems that his job as a real estate agent brought him more trouble than working as a fighter.

Sonnen will now have more time to focus on the Aug. 7 bout with Silva, a bout that Sonnen has tried to build up with epic trash talk.

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