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Silva vs. Sonnen II Moved to UFC 148, July 7th in Las Vegas

By Elias Cepeda

(The Silva/Sonnen staredown nuzzledown from today’s press-conference, via MMAMania.)

The good news? Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will indeed rematch one another this summer. The bad news, at least for Brazilian fans, is that the mega bout will not take place in Brazil as originally planned, but rather in Las Vegas.

UFC President Dana White convened a press conference in Rio this morning, breaking the news alongside middleweight champion Silva and #1 contender Sonnen. White said he wanted to secure a soccer stadium in either Sao Paulo or Rio de Janiero for UFC 147, with Silva vs. Sonnen headlining, but that “everything that could go wrong, went wrong.” That included a United Nations conference being scheduled in Rio during the weekend UFC 147 was originally scheduled for, creating an insurmountable logistical nightmare for the promotion.

Silva vs. Sonnen II will now be moved to UFC 148 on July 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas. UFC 147 will still take place in Brazil, though White said a venue has yet to be secured. The event is scheduled to feature the rematch between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva, as well as the middleweight and featherweight finals of TUF Brazil. White said that the UFC is also working on moving Jose Aldo to that card from his UFC 149 engagement, against an opponent to be named later.

During today’s press conference, Anderson Silva said that he was “not happy that the fight wont be in Brazil,” but that he has “fans worldwide…nothing will really change.”

Sonnen, who’s had a well-documented history of insulting Brazil and its people, also said he was disappointed to not be fighting in the country. “Especially [losing out on] coming to a stadium,” Sonnen explained. “St. Pierre vs. Shields was in a stadium with 55,000 people watching and I was hoping to be a part of breaking that…The plan was to come here, take your money, come take [Silva's] belt and go back to America.”

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Nippletwist- April 25, 2012 at 4:15 am
chael sonnens a little bitch and was scared to fight in brazil. i dont understand why this guy even gets the honor of fighting silva again, i mean its gonna be funny to watch him lose again, but there are way more interesting matchups out there for the spider.
El Guapo- April 24, 2012 at 11:19 am
Vegas, baby, vegas.
"You think we'll get there by midnight?"
Baby, we'll be up 5 hundy by midnight!
The12ozCurls- April 24, 2012 at 11:17 am
I guess Chael's request for the "Pope-Mobile" for the fight is Brazil was over the top.
Elias- April 24, 2012 at 10:43 am
italia, White said because Silva Sonnen needs a soccer stadium (or to be in the fight capital of the world) because its such a big event. TUF Finale + Belfort vs. Wand does not.
jjrdias- April 24, 2012 at 10:22 am
That's kharma biting Dana's ass for putting down soccer.
Fried Taco- April 24, 2012 at 10:16 am
Did anyone else catch Silva putting the blame on some company in Brazil that the UFC works with to setup the fights? He sounded really pissed at the company, calling them unprofessional.
italia furia- April 24, 2012 at 10:10 am
I'm confused about something, maybe even BG can help me?? If UFC 147 still going down in Brazil, what is the point of moving Sonnen/Silva?
NomadRip- April 24, 2012 at 11:36 am
Not a big enough arena. And all the security in the country will already be handling UN stuff, and nobody left to keep Chael from getting stabbed.
HandsofGold- April 24, 2012 at 10:04 am
You guys can say what you want about Chael, a lot of fighter pull out of fights for minor injuries. This guys was going to show up to a huge crowd of people wanting to take his life. Dudes got balls. RESPECT.
VegasDirt- April 24, 2012 at 10:19 am
Yea because the fight being moved had nothing to do with Chael right? Maybe you hands of gold can repair Chael's nuts if you keep hugging em like that
SethF- April 24, 2012 at 9:56 am
Sonnen really dodged a bullet there.
koios- April 24, 2012 at 9:59 am

I mean, there's no way he wasn't going to get shot out there.
VegasDirt- April 24, 2012 at 9:46 am
Chael's prayers have been answered