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The United Nations vs. The UFC: Rio Conference Could Upset Silva/Sonnen Rematch Plans

By Elias Cepeda

(U.N.’s revenge: Anderson Silva knew he shouldn’t have cozied up to John Bolton so publicly back in the late nineties)

Just over two months away from when it was supposed to happen, the year’s most anticipated MMA bout does not yet have a time and place locked in stone, according to UFC President Dana White. Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and #1 contender Chael Sonnen were supposed to square off in a rematch of their 2010 thriller at UFC 147 in Rio de Janiero on June 23rd but at Saturday’s post UFC in Sweden event press conference White revealed that a conference of the United Nations scheduled in Rio the same week may force the fight promotion to move their event.

“The problem down in Rio right now is they’re having a big United Nations convention down there, so there’s some stuff going on. We’re working through it trying to figure this whole thing out,” White said to the assembled media.

The U.N. conference was announced after the UFC first announced their intentions to hold an event in Rio on June 23rd, and will draw tens of thousands of visitors to the city, in addition to heads of state. White says that he’s essentially being told that Rio ain’t big enough for the both of the UFC and U.N.

“We know that the Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva fight [is] one of the biggest sporting events this year in the world, so we need to make sure ( that there will be room) especially when you’re doing an 80,000-seat soccer stadium. There better be some hotel rooms,” White said.

“We’re waiting to hear back,” he continued. “We’re trying to figure this whole thing out. The problem is that first of all they don’t like the idea of us coming at the same time as this United Nations convention is going on. The other problem is hotel rooms. Most of the hotel rooms are being taken up.”

White says that he had hoped to have the situation resolved before this weekend but that he expects that the UFC will “get this thing done within the next few days, one way or the other.”

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linzhanbc- April 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm . .. . .
Alan K- April 16, 2012 at 11:24 am
There's only one way to settle this. Dana White vs. Ban Ki-moon. 3 rounds. Winner gets Rio. Make it happen.
ChucksChin- April 15, 2012 at 9:00 pm
UFC 147 in Oregon
Legato- April 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm
not yet have a time and place "locked in stone" I think the idiom you are looking for is "carved in stone"
Elias- April 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm
RwilsonR, this is nothing new. Kofi Annan is the man who coined the term, "human cock fighting."
RwilsonR- April 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm
Another thing the UN has fucked up.
The12ozCurls- April 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm
I bet the United Nations conference doesn't sell $8 beers at their event. Jerks.
Elias- April 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm
Elias- April 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm
Haha, maybe his "one condition," were to have U.N. peacekeepers cage side
Joedirt- April 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm
The UN may have saved Sonnens life after the match.