Report | Dana White Spent 75 Minutes Convincing Silva To Fight In Vegas
By Jamie McAllister:
It took Dana White 75 minutes to convince Anderson Silva to fight Chael Sonnen in Las Vegas oppose to Rio de Janeiro and this was the reason for the press conference delay.This was reported by Gustavo Noblat on oglobo.globo.com .
The talk between Dana White and Silva was heated initially and Anderson had refused to change the venue for the rematch. The bout was scheduled to take place in Stadium Engenhao and would have been the UFC’s biggest show to date with 80,000 tickets being sold.
“There wouldn’t have been enough hotel rooms,” White said as the date clashed with international events in the city.
Anderson was reported to have said “He deserves to taught a lesson here, I owe this to my people” to which Dana replied “If there is no way how to make the event in a stadium, it has to be in Las Vegas,”
Dana went on to explain that Las Vegas has the structure to promote the UFC from one day to the next. He also stated to Silva the appeal the bout would have in the US & how it takes place in the same week of the celebrations for independence day.
He also commented on the effect pay per view sales would have with the event and guaranteed a good percentage of the pay per view sales to Anderson.
After lots of discussion Anderson asked what was required of him to which Dana replied “I want you go to Las Vegas and perform well, make it a great fight.” it was then Anderson went on to accept and said “If it has to be like this, I will beat this guy wherever. He deserves a lesson.”
Dana was delighted with Anderson and went on to say he was the “Perfect UFC ambassador in Brazil” and referred to him as “The best fighter ever made in MMA – today everybody talks about Jon Jones but for me you are the best by far,”
Anderson now blames UFC’s Brazilian investment partner Eike Batista & his company IMX for the failure to organise efficiently (IMX is UFC partner and promotes the fights of the UFC in Brazil) Anderson thinks they did not understand the size of the event & did not have sufficient competence to make it.
Andersons managers are frustrated by the bout being moved to the US but recognise it as a good deal.
“Anderson knows this partnership with UFC is for life,” Jorge Guimaraes told Noblat. “There are no motives to get into friction with the event, so we accepted to fight in Vegas. We don’t go against the UFC, we go on the same side – after all, Anderson is its employee.”
“A fight of this magnitude has to be at a grand place and Las Vegas is a good venue,” Guimaraes went on to say.