By Adam Conklin:
BJPENN.COM recently reported that the UFC 147 date and/or location is in jeopardy of being changed due to the United Nations convention, Rio +20.
Although these are just rumors for the time being, Anderson Silva has already expressed his displeasure towards the situation in saying that the fight must take place in Brazil.
This move, which is now rumored for Las Vegas at UFC 148, will give Chael Sonnen a bigger fan base in the audience on his home turf of America.
The last time Anderson Silva fought in Las Vegas, at UFC 126, he was booed at the weigh-ins. The MMA community is still holding their collective breath waiting for an official date and location for the most anticipated fight of the year.
Chael Sonnen’s rematch against Anderson Silva, for the UFC middleweight title, may not happen in hostile territory.
Brazilian Media outlet, “O Globo” reported yesterday that the bout will be moved to Las Vegas, and rumors indicate that it might happen in UFC’s July 7th show (UFC 148).
Anderson Silva’s manager Ed Soares told TATAME on Monday that the bout is already signed for June 23, in Rio de Janeiro, but his Black House partner, Jorge Guimaraes, told TATAME today that the plans could change.
“This situation is already being discussed. There are some speculations. What you heard, I heard too. It seems like there are no hotels to fit everybody with UN’s event, Rio+20”, Guiamares said.
“Silva vs. Sonnen’s” venue and date will be announced by Dana White in a press conference in Brazil. Nothing is confirmed yet”.
UFC president Dana White, along with Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen, will host a press conference in Brazil next Tuesday.
Will The “Spider”, who demanded that the rematch needed to take place in Brazil, will accept to fight in Nevada?
“That you have to ask Anderson. I don’t know,” Jorge said. “First it has to be moved, than we’ll see”
(quotes via Tatame.com)