Ever since it was announced that Anderson Silva would in fact rematch his nemesis, Chael Sonnen it has been nothing but problems to plan.First, Chael was spreading rumors to the press that it ‘wasn’t’ happening, because he had not been offered a contract. Then after the contracts were signed the UFC had issues securing a date to bring the fight to Brazil. Originally planned for Sao Paulo, the presumed finalized location was an 80,000 capacity Soccer arena in Rio de Janeiro. There’s a new roadblock though according to UFC president, Dana White. The United Nations convention is going on the same time and place.
“The problem is, they don’t like the idea of us coming the same time this United Nations convention is going on. The other problem is hotel rooms. Most of the hotel rooms are being taken up. And we don’t think, we know that the Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen fight is one of the biggest sporting events this year, in the world. I think it’s a huge sporting event. I think people will come to Rio from all over the world. I think we’re going to need hotel rooms. Hopefully we’ll get this thing done the next few days, one way or the other.”
As reported by Tatame Magazine, the fight might not even take place in Brazil because of these difficulties. The latest rumor reported by the publication is that the fight could be headed to Vegas and is being considered to be added to the Fourth of July card, currently headlined by Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz. If this is the case it would obviously make the UFC 147 fight card gigantic. With the amount of talent that would have been on the Brazil card, the fights could then spread to other upcoming cards. In the end we may just have to wait a little longer for the highly touted rematch between the top middleweights.