Chael Sonnen’s campaign to become an Oregon State Representative came to a premature end on Wednesday, as the upcoming UFC middleweight challenger withdrew from the race, citing a legal issue related to his real estate dealings.
“In the best interests of my district, I am resigning from my campaign for the Oregon House of Representatives,” Sonnen told Fight Magazine. “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.”
He has also recently faced criticism for comments posted on his alleged Twitter account, and has subsequently denied the account is his, despite comments to the contrary.
Sonnen faces UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 117 on August 7 in Oakland, California.