The rematch the world has been waiting for is now official, as the UFC announced today that Anderson Silva will defend his UFC middleweight title against Chael Sonnen. The fight will go down at UFC 147 on June 23 from Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“This will be the biggest sporting event of the year,” UFC president Dana White said. “Bigger than the NFL, the NBA, you name it – UFC 147 will be the biggest. The whole world wants to see this fight between Silva and Sonnen. We are broadcast in over 150 countries in 22 languages in half a billion homes. Wherever those fans are, they are going to be watching this fight.”
Silva and Sonnen fought for the first time in 2010, with “The Spider” earning a fifth round submission after being dominated by Sonnen through four rounds. Since that fight, Sonnen has made it his mission to get a rematch with Silva, degrading the Brazilian, his friends and his family.
The UFC also announced Vitor Belfort-Wanderlei Silva for the card. The two are currently coaching on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
By hosting the event in the Joao Havelange Stadium, the UFC is hoping to surpass the attendance record set last year of 55,000 at the Rogers Centre in Canada.