When asked again at today’s UFC 149 announcement presser whether or not fight fans will ever get to see the Anderson Silva-Georges St-Pierre superfight, UFC president Dana White was non-committal but open to the bout.
However, the UFC boss did reveal concretely that the impending Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen rematch will be taking place at a soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, set up to accommodate some 80,000 attendants.
“Think about this: the Chael Sonnen-Anderson Silva fight — I’m probably gonna put my foot in my mouth here again, probably not supposed to be talking about this either, but I always do it, so — this thing’s gonna be in a soccer stadium in Rio,” White revealed excitedly. “This thing’s gonna have over 80,000 people are gonna be at this event down there. So, imagine if we did Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre anywhere in Canada, you know what I mean? How big that fight would be… Believe me, I would love to do it, we’ll see what happens.”
White’s exciting revelation would appear to be news to Sonnen as well, based on comments he made on last night’s episode of UFC Tonight (props to MMAWeekly for the transcription).
“I’m telling people I have the fight. I believe it will happen. I believe it will happen in June. I don’t know the venue, I don’t know the exact date, and I haven’t been contacted,” said Sonnen. “I don’t have a contract; I guess that’s my real message. However, the Countdown show, you know when the UFC comes and out and they film you, they’re scheduled to come out to West Linn, Oregon, in two days to film the show”
Silva-Sonnen 2 is being targeted for mid to late June and will likely fall on UFC 147. The fight card was originally expected to take place in Sao Paulo, but difficulty pinning down a venue led the promotion to return to Rio. The venue is rumored to be the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, home of the Botafogo football team.
Other bouts linked to the event are Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva 2, Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow, and The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil finals.