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‘Silva vs. Sonnen’ Press Conference Was Delayed Because Anderson Really, Really Didn’t Want to Fight in Las Vegas

(He only points at the ones he loves. / Photo via Sherdog)

According to an Oglobo report (translated by FightersOnly), a 75-minute backstage argument between Dana White and Anderson Silva is what led to the hour-long delay of Tuesday’s “Silva vs. Sonnen” press conference in Rio. The short version: Silva initially refused to fight anywhere other than Brazil, owing to his desire to beat Chael Sonnen‘s ass in front of his countrymen. Eventually, dollars spoke louder than words. Now here’s the long version:

Anderson Silva didn’t lash out publicly at Dana White when the UFC president declared he wanted to move the rematch with Chael Sonnen to Las Vegas, USA — but on the quiet he was very upset. It took the UFC president 75 minutes to convince him to fight Chael Sonnen in Las Vegas instead of Rio de Janeiro and this was the reason for the press conference delay yesterday, reports Gustavo Noblat of

The talk was heated — initially Anderson refused to change the venue of what could be the rematch of the century…The upcoming confrontation was set to occur at Stadium Engenhao in Rio, and would have been the biggest show of UFC history with 80 thousand tickets to be sold. But the date coincided with international events in the city and White alleged Rio would not have the infrastructure to hold the fighting event.

The champion was frustrated and insisted on fighting in Brazil. Anderson told Dana that Sonnen had been disrespectful with him, his family and all the Brazilian. “He deserves to taught a lesson here, I owe this to my people”, repeated Silva. But Dana was adamant. “If there is no way to make the event in a stadium, it has to be in Las Vegas,” said the company president.

Dana explained that Las Vegas is a city that has structure to promote the UFC from one day to the next. The capital of betting and fights is there, remarked the boss. He reminded Silva of the appeal that the bout will have in the United States, landing as it does in the week of the celebrations for Independence Day.

He spoke about the potential of the pay-per-view sales it would generate and in the end, he guaranteed a good percentage of the pay-per-view share to Anderson. As with so many things in life, money talks louder than anything.

After a lot of discussion Anderson concluded by turning to White and asking “Okay, so tell me — what do you want from me?” White answered, “I want you go to Las Vegas and perform well, make it a great fight.” It was then the champion formally accepted the mission. “If it has to be like this, I will beat this guy wherever. He deserves a lesson.”

Dana was excited with the ‘yes’ of Anderson. He told him he was the “perfect UFC ambassador in Brazil” and also reaffirmed that the Brazilian “is the best fighter ever made in MMA — today everybody talks about Jon Jones but for me you are the best by far,” said a smiling White…

The UFC plans to invest in academies in Brazil with the brand Anderson Silva/UFC. The event recognizes in Anderson the biggest MMA talent of all time and wishes to use his image even when he retires.

“Anderson knows this partnership with UFC is for life,” Jorge Guimaraes told Noblat. “There are no motives to get into friction with the event, so we accepted to fight in Vegas. We don’t go against the UFC, we go on the same side — after all, Anderson is their employee.”

The duel could have been kept in Brazil but it would take place at a smaller location than a soccer stadium. “A fight of this magnitude has to be at a grand place and Las Vegas is a good venue,” Jorge said.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Anderson has been a pain in Dana’s ass. But I can sympathize with the frustration of Silva, who must be feeling the disappointment of the Brazilian fans right now.

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linzhanbp- April 27, 2012 at 10:31 am . . . .
JRoLLa- April 27, 2012 at 8:10 am
I don't know why the fight was going to be held in Brazil anyway. Sure, it amps up the level of 'epic' of this fight, but I truly do not understand how the UFC expected Chael to be able to be safe walking the streets of Brazil after he insulted their entire nation lol.
Stak40- April 27, 2012 at 7:29 am
Plain and simple: Silva haters=Idiots, Racists or Super Patriotic.

Sonnen supporters: Idiots, WWE Fan Boys.

Yall forget how shitty Sonnen looked against Bisbing?
UFCFightBlogger- April 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm
Silva is going to destroy Sonnen, I'm pretty sure of it. He looks serious and won't be hurt this time around. I don't see how Sonnen is going to hang with him. Sonnen doesn't have anything left in his tool box, he has already shown us everything he has. I am hoping this fight goes past two rounds.

Check out this article about them
enrikk- April 26, 2012 at 8:01 pm
I have to say, part of me wonders if Anderson will take inspiration from Jon Jones pulling off a flying triangle against Rampage and attempt to do it himself against Sonnen. How sweet would that revenge be - flying triangle in the opening round as Sonnon rushes in? Would have been insaaane in Brazil.
ringjoker80- April 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm
if you think sonnen going to win this fight then after he loses just stop watching ufc completely. remember silva choked him out and sonnen choked the belt away. so now after 3 years with sonnen fighting nobodies and silva being fresh this fight will not even go the distance. by the way bones not losing anytime soon. in fact both fighters will hold their titles until they face their clones. real champions not the paper champions the average ufc fan likes keep their belts.
The12ozCurls- April 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm
I guess Rosetta Stone's English edition is a piece of crap
mtcage- April 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm
i think it's pretty obvious that anderson genuinely doesn't want to fight chael again. chael manhandled him last fight. beat him up for 5 rounds and pretty much had the win. even though anderson pulled it off, you know he remembers the beating and is worried he may not be able to pull it off again. anderson's been trying to get out of this fight every chance he gets. switching venues is just another chance for him. the only reason he always ends up agreeing to the fight is cause he has to in order to not look scared. my only doubt as to chael winning again is based on his PED use. i'm not sure how much that will reduce chael's ability to manhandle him again.
RSparrow- April 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm
Silva has dominated the weakest division in the history of UFC. He does NOT do well with wrestlers. I'd much much rather have stock in Jonny Bones..His days are numbered guys, MARK MY WORDS.
holeeball- April 27, 2012 at 2:31 am
Anderson Silva aged 37 has numbered days in this sport. Everybody, meet Cpt. Obvious.
rareWhiteTRASH- April 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm
Whoa, watch out. Insinuating that Dana and Anderson are in a homosexual relationship may lead to another retraction and apology...
RearNakedSpoon- April 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm
There goes the poison in Chael's food idea (Japan/Rampage style)
RwilsonR- April 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm
Plus, they have the Internet in Vegas. So that's a step up from Brazil, right?
The12ozCurls- April 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm
I have a sneeking suspicion that Anderson is gonna come down with an "injury" just prior to this fight. I am not psychic but call it a hunch or women's intuition or . . . wait. . . what?
Viva Hate- April 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm
Wait, why did Dana need to bring up betting? Dana doesn't care about betting on the UFC, someone retract this article at once!
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towelie- April 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm
"I need to fight this guy in Brasil, Dana."

"How bout you keep my jet, and I'll tell Lorenzo to get me a new one?"

"That was July 7th right?"
Fried Taco- April 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Silva just really wanted to see the drug gangs from the favelas storm the soccer stadium and put a bullet in Chael.
The12ozCurls- April 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm
"a bullet" - i am guessing multiple bullets. Do they even have actually guns? Or were they gonna bust out the PVC and the potatos?
The12ozCurls- April 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm
Damn you Rosetta Stone - edit actually and insert actual. LOL
knucklesamitch- April 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm
I can't wait to see Anderson get smashed.
The_Dead_Cow- April 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm
What a fucking crybaby. Maybe some Victoria's Secret lotion will help......or a tampon.
Stak40- April 27, 2012 at 7:18 am
I know what an asshole. The nerve of him to be the most dominating champion in MMA thus far, and have the opportunity to have the biggest fight in MMA history in your homeland, canceled and reschedule in Las Vegas.
SocraticMethod- April 26, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Gots to get paid. Well done, Anderson.