The biggest fight in the mma calender just moved a few weeks forward and six thousand miles north.
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II has been hyped from the moment their first bout at UFC 117 finished but it won’t be taking place in UFC 147 at June 23 from Joao Havelange Stadium due to technical difficulties.
First of all, this is going to be one of the biggest sporting events of the year, and if we’re going to do it here in Brazil, it needs to be in a huge soccer stadium. Everything that could go wrong went wrong, so we had to move it to Las Vegas. We couldn’t pull it off here in the soccer stadium, so Las Vegas was the best solution. This is where we wanted it to happen, and this is where Anderson wanted it to happen. Dana White
Dana White confirmed that the two would meet at UFC 148 on July 7th at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The original planned main event for this event was to be bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz completing his trilogy with Urijah Faber.
Chael is a wrestler, so he doesn’t understand the element of respect in martial arts; respect of people, the arts, the fans, everyone. Anderson Silva
This guy says the craziest stuff. He’s surrounded by Yes Men. He talks about his legacy all the time. Our skills are not even close, and I’m going to destroy you again on July 7th. Get your excuses ready. Chael Sonnen
UFC 147 will now feature Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva, presumably as the headliner, as well as both TUF Brazil finals and talks are currently in place to match up Brazilian featherweight champion Jose Aldo on this card.