Vince McMahon has done some crazy stuff in the past to get certain people to sign with the WWE.
When he was recruiting a young Brock Lesnar to the company, McMahon gave in to Lesnar's demands and agreed to sign the freak's college roommate Shelton Benjamin as well, despite never having seen him wrestle.
Well now former UFC superstar Chael Sonnen has come out and claimed on the latest episode of his podcast that he once had a $5 million offer from Vince McMahon to join the WWE.
There is no doubt that three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen was one of the most popular mixed martial artists and entertaining fighters on the mic during his time in the sport’s top promotion.
Because of those mic skills - and a general likeability factor - many fans believed Sonnen would have a future in the WWE once his fighting career came to an end. Sonnen however, decided to turn down McMahon and all those millions he would have made.
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“Here’s the nuts and bolts of it: I was offered $5 million Vince McMahon” - Chael Sonnen
“Here’s the nuts and bolts of it: I was offered $5 million Vince McMahon,” said Sonnen, according to MMA Fighting.
“Now, I was still under contract with the UFC and I never took this to Dana. I handled it on my own. I told them ‘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," Sonnen added.
Sonnen has since had some problems with steroids and banned substances. In June he announced his retirement from MMA after testing positive for two different substances. He then failed another drug test and was banned from the sport for two years as well as being fired by Fox Sports.
It's not known if McMahon would still want him at the WWE now as a 37-year old, but if he did make a career move then it definitely wouldn't be for $5 million.
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