The UFC announced on Tuesday that the rematch everyone has been waiting for between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will take place July 7 at UFC 148. Problems with figuring out a location in Brazil, among other things, kept the fight from taking place there.
UFC president Dana White, Silva and Sonnen were all on hand for a press conference from Rio de Janeiro. Silva defeated Sonnen in their first meeting, scoring a submission in the fifth round.
It was also announced by White that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is likely to be placed on the Brazilian card, which is currently set for an unknown location on June 23. That card will also carry the finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, and Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow.
“This is a huge global event,” White said. “Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Las Vegas was the only other option. This fight will do very well (in Vegas).”