Chael Sonnen: If Wanderlei Silva Fight Is Out, Who Should Sonnen Face Next?

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Chael Sonnen: If Wanderlei Silva Fight Is Out, Who Should Sonnen Face Next?
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It seemed like a match made in heaven, but just a few weeks after calling out Wanderlei Silva following his loss at UFC 159, three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen retracted his words.

Sonnen told MMA Heat's Karyn Bryant at the United 4 Wrestling event in Los Angeles that he's no longer enticed by the thought of fighting "The Axe Murderer."

"I'm not looking for it anymore, I don't like to bully guys," he said. "I tried to fight him, he doesn't want to fight. I'm not gonna stick a finger in a guy's chest. If a guy says no, I'm not gonna be a jerk about it.

With the fight with The Axe Murderer seemingly put on hold, which bouts exist for the aging Sonnen in the meantime? Here are four showdowns for "The American Gangster" in the near future.

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