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Monday, 03/26/2012, 09:08 am

UFC Confirms Silva vs. Sonnen II For June 23 In Rio


The Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to Brazil for an epic sporting event as legendary fighters collide on the biggest fight card in UFC® history at UFC® 147 at Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 23, 2012. The largest crowd ever is expected for the highly anticipated rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and American contender Chael Sonnen, a grudge match two years in the making. The event also features a live finale of The Ultimate Fighter Brasil™, the showdown between two Brazilians and icons of the sport – coaches Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva.

From the beginning of the negotiations for the UFC’s next event in the country, the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo both emerged as strong options to host the event. Engenhao, home to football club Botafogo and future venue for the 2016 Olympics, has hosted many legendary sports and entertainment events since its opening in 2007. The event marks the first time for a UFC event in a soccer stadium and the organization expects a record audience. The mark to beat is UFC 129, held in April of 2011 at Rogers Centre in Canada, which had a record attendance of 55,000 fans.

“This will be the biggest sporting event of the year” said UFC President Dana White. “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.”

The rivalry between Anderson Silva (29-4-0) and Chael Sonnen (28-11-1) has produced the biggest grudge match in UFC history. The two bitter rivals first faced each other in August of 2010 at UFC 117 in Oakland, California. The battle featured arguably the biggest come-from-behind win ever; as Silva, who was being dominated from the beginning of the fight, submitted his American rival with a triangle choke in the last round. It was the seventh of nine title defenses for the Brazilian champion.

In what has been one of the long-awaited rematches in UFC history, Brazilian fans will also get a chance to witness Vitor Belfort (21-9-0) and Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1) square off in the Octagon®. In their first meeting in 1998 in São Paulo, Belfort knocked out Silva 44 seconds into their fight. Since then, MMA fans have eagerly waited for over 10 years to witness the rematch between two legends of the sport. Belfort is coming off of a win over American fighter Anthony Johnson in UFC Rio (UFC 142), while Wanderlei dramatically knocked out opponent Cung Le at UFC 139.

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18 Comments to UFC Confirms Silva vs. Sonnen II For June 23 In Rio

  1. jason says:

    sonnens gonna finish what he started

  2. Teamsilva says:

    silva all the way sonnen isent ready

    • danielrchargers says:

      silva 29-4 (woah hell yeah that guy seems crazy) and sonnen 28-11…(wait wha-who the hells this guy whos been beat 11 times?)

  3. zetoe666 says:

    i dont think this fight is going to be as big as theyre expecting.

  4. ramshead says:

    is this going to be outdoors? in june?
    good luck having any fight get out of the second round without both fighters being completely gassed.

    • chilla says:

      yeah, I was thinking the same thing. With all Anderson’s injuries, he hasn’t had much actual full-on training. Hopefully it won’t affect him with all the extra heat and humidity. Of course, if he KO’s sonnen in the first, his conditioning won’t matter at all. But if this fight grinds on and on, I could see it being a major issue.

      I fail to see how it makes sense to have such a huge fight be decided in this manner. You’d think a title fight would be in a controlled environment, not in a one-off outdoor arena where weather can play just as much of a role as the fighters themselves. Strange.

  5. true mma says:

    Sonnen is fucked. All that shit talking for nothing.

  6. Night-Wind says:

    Hope it doesn’t go out like UFC 112 did. There was hot too and Anderson’s performance wasn’t that good.

    • Shawn says:

      Well, you have to remember that Maia kept going to the ground most of the fight. He didn’t want to fight Silva. Even though Silva is very good on the ground and he’s got really good BJJ, Maia is better at it. Silva fought smart, Maia fought safe. Which translates to a boring fight.

  7. Dante Fresh says:

    Let me educate 95% of you guys about Brazil.Rio to be exact.Rio is below the equator.Meaning the weather and climate is NOT like America’s.Rio WINTER is our SUMMER.So it is fairly mild.Especially at night.So stop the weather and humid talk.Abu Dubai was the worst and Rio in the winter doesn’t compare at all.

  8. Magoo says:

    Sonnens gonna fuck up Silva and Brazil all in one night!!! I can’t wait for this fight,make him bleed and punish worse then the first fight!!

    • Doos says:

      The only person who bled in the 1st fight was sonnen. If you saw the 2 after the fight without seeing the fight at all, It was sonnen that looked worse.

      If anderson has his way u wont recognise sonnen and thats whats gonna happen. Silva said he will submit in the 1st fight and he did.

  9. chico says:

    I wonder what would happen if Sonnen won in Brazil. Riots will break out and the Olympic committee will look at themselves thinking “shit we chose that place to host this year. might need to change venues, heard monicco is nice this time of year”

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