Chael Sonnen will have one less thing to worry about when he fights Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 117.

Sonnen has withdrawn from the Oregon State election race, and it has nothing to do with the Huffington Post rallying the troops to take him down for that “demon effigy” tweet on his totally real fake Twitter account. Well, at least not officially.

“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.”

The good news is Chael can fire up that Twitter feed again. Oh wait, he already did.

Apologize, what? I want you guys DESTROYED. Torn to pieces, laid on an altar in front of a statue of me w/golden fangs, and set on fire.