WWE is the biggest pro wrestling company in the world by a mile and the same can be said about the UFC when it comes to MMA. Vince McMahon and Dana White know each other very well and even share a friendly relationship. That being said, it seems WWE had a $1 million plan to screw over the UFC.
Back in 2010, Sonnen had a fierce rivalry with the former UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva, which culminated in a highly anticipated bout at UFC 117 on August 7th of that year.
The match was the main event for the middleweight title, and Sonnen put up a valiant effort, dominating Silva throughout the fight and appearing to be on track for a decision victory. However, in the fifth and final round, Silva managed to submit Sonnen with a Triangle Armbar, successfully defending his title.
While speaking during an interview with Ariel Helwani, Sonnen revealed that the WWE approached him with a lucrative offer. If he were to defeat Anderson Silva in their fight, the WWE wanted him to appear on Monday Night Raw with the belt for a whopping $1 million, but there was one condition: he couldn’t tell Dana White. The stipulation was that the money was a jab at White, and the offer was essentially a way to stick it to him.
Sonnen stated that he would have taken the belt and made the appearance on Raw, but he didn’t know how to stick it to White. He didn’t understand why White would have any issue with it and remains confused about that aspect of the situation.
“…I was just getting ready to fight Anderson Silva, and they said if you beat Anderson and you show up on Raw with the belt, we’ll give you a million dollars, but you can’t tell Dana. The whole thing is you can’t tell Dana the million dollars is to stick it in Dana’s a**, said Sonnen. He continued, “Till this day, I would’ve done it. I would’ve taken the belt. I would’ve been on Raw, I just don’t know how I would’ve stuck it to Dana. I don’t understand how Dana would have any problem with that. I never understood that part.”
As of now, WWE has not responded to Sonnen’s claims, and it remains unclear what their motivations would have been for trying to offend UFC President Dana White in 2010. Keep checking back at Ringside News for more.