The UFC just managed to put together the long-awaited rematch between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his arch-rival Chael Sonnen, but already they’re running into snags.
When UFC president Dana White revealed the match up, he explained that it will take place this summer, somewhere in Brazil — likely in Sao Paulo. However, Sonnen’s manager Mike Roberts recently spoke with MMAWeekly and explained that, while his client is definitely up for a fight with Silva, doing so on his home turf may present an issue.
“I will say this, we have not been officially offered that fight. I had a meeting with Lorenzo (Fertitta) in Las Vegas during the Diaz/Condit fight when the prelims were on, we briefly discussed it, there are some options. We have agreed to fight him, we have not agreed where to fight him,” said Roberts.
Roberts explained that, despite his client and White both shrugging the idea off, fighting in Brazil presents a real threat to Sonnen’s safety as a result of the many derogatory things he’s said about the country and its fighters. In other words, the fight isn’t off, but there are definitely still details that need to be ironed out.
“There’s some issues there that have to be worked out,” Roberts went on. “I’m not saying it’s not going to happen, I’m just saying we have not officially been offered anything, but we have agreed to fight, we just haven’t agreed where to fight.”
Sonnen last competed at UFC on Fox 2 in late January, taking a hard-fought and controversial unanimous decision over a Michael Bisping that gave Sonnen much more trouble than expected.