When UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen meet in a rematch of their UFC 117 epic, more will be on the line than just the title, or even individual pride.
As Junior dos Santos explained to MMAInterviews’ Spencer Lazara this week, Anderson Silva will have the hopes of the entire country of Brazil riding on his shoulders — hopes of seeing Sonnen get his a** kicked at the hands (feet, shins and elbows) of their country’s most outstanding MMA export.
“Yeah, I will be (in Brazil) for Anderson’s fight. I wanna see this fight. It’s gonna be a good fight for the whole sport, because Chael Sonnen said too much things,” dos Santos told Lazara. “Especially fighting in Brazil now, you know, people doesn’t like him too much there. But, I wanna see Anderson knock him out.
“I don’t think (Chael will need extra security in Brazil), because people knows Anderson is gonna beat him for all of us.”
UFC 147: Silva Fights for Brazil goes down this June 23 at an 80,000 seat soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dos Santos is due in the cage himself this May 26 at UFC 146, where he’ll attempt to make the first defense of his heavyweight title against Alistair Overeem.