U.N. Conference In Brazil Could Delay UFC 147 Event / Silva vs. Sonnen Rematch
UFC president Dana White announced tonight at the UFC on FUEL TV 2 post-fight press conference that they may be forced to reschedule and/or change the location of “UFC 147: Silva vs. Sonnen II”
The reason behind the possible change is a United Nations Conference scheduled for Rio on June 20-22.
“We’re working on it, it’s still a work in progress. The problem down in Rio right now is they’re having a big United Nations convention down there, so there’s some stuff going on, we’re working through it trying to figure this whole thing out,” said the UFC president.
The conference is a big resource hog on any city it lands in and as such could be a logistical nightmare for the UFC’s planned soccer stadium show to go on during the same weekend. Not only will city officials have their hands full but travelers may find that they have no place to stay while trying to attend one of the two events.
“Don’t know, we’re waiting to hear back, we’re trying to figure this whole thing out. The problem is that first of all they don’t like the idea of us coming at the same time as this United Nations convention’s going on, the other problem is hotel rooms. Most of the hotel rooms are being taken up,” said White.
“We don’t think, we know, that the Chael Sonnen/Anderson Silva fight it’s one of the biggest sporting events this year in the world, so we need to make sure (there’s room) especially when you’re doing an 80,000-seat soccer stadium. There better be some hotel rooms… Hopefully, we’ll get this thing done within the next few days, one way or the other.”