Silva vs. Sonnen 2 Announced for Soccer Stadium Show in Rio

March 21, 2012
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While Chael Sonnen says he’s waiting for a contract for his rematch with Anderson Silva, the UFC has already booked him for a flight to Brazil.

According to UFC president Dana White, the long awaited rematch between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and rival Chael Sonnen will take place this summer in possibly the biggest event in MMA history.

White was in Calgary on Wednesday announcing a slew of new events for Canada, but also let one other bombshell out regarding the most highly anticipated rematch in UFC history.

“Think about this, the Chael Sonnen/Anderson Silva fight, I’m probably going to put my foot in my mouth again, and probably not supposed to be talking about this either, but I always do it so, this thing’s going to be in a soccer stadium in Rio,” White said.

“This thing’s going to have over 80,000 people are going to be at this event down there.”

While White didn’t go into specifics regarding the venue, the most likely landing spot appears to be the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange, also known as Engenhao.

The Engenhao will be a host stadium for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will also land in Brazil, and for soccer matches generally holds around 45,000 people. The stadium is home to the Botafogo football club in Rio.

For the upcoming Olympic games, the stadium is expected to fit closer to 60,000 fans.

Some have speculated that the Maracana could be the stadium White was speaking about due to its immense size and ability to pack in over 80,000 fans, but the only problem is it’s currently closed for renovations until 2013.

While the numbers don’t match up with White’s estimations, even with nearly 60,000 fans, that will still break all previous records for the biggest event in UFC history. The current record stands with UFC 129 held in Toronto in 2011 with more than 55,000 fans packing into the Rogers Centre.

The card will likely take place on June 16 in Rio with Silva vs. Sonnen 2 headlining the show.

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  • Lesnardo

    80k? Wow!!! Didn’t Saitama have 100k one time?

    Make it happen Dana!!!

  • That is going to be an awesome atmosphere (or scary).

  • juniorbra

    Chael is already ******** in his pants!!!!

    • MrAdidas

      Ughhh – how so? Didn’t Sonnen destroy Silva for 4+ Rounds last fight?!? I know he lost, but I doubt it very much Sonnen is “scared or shitting his pants”. Sonnen has NOTHING to lose, hes not expected to win, hes not Champ & hes not figthing in his hometown.

      Hows Sonnen shitting in his pants?!?

      • jflo

        MrAddiass Do u know why Chael Sonnen was suspended after that fight??????? Cause he CHEATED!!! Drug tests conducted at the time of his match with Anderson Silva showed that Sonnen had an elevated testosterone ratio which fell outside the allowable range. Specifically, Sonnen’s urinalysis showed that his T/E ratio was 16.9:1. By comparison, an average man has a T/E ratio of 1:1, and testing bodies such as CSAC may allow for a variance as high as 4:1 for athletes—meaning Sonnen’s T/E ratio was nearly 17 TIMES that of a NORMAL and more than 4 TIMES HIGHER than the allowed maximum for an athlete!!!!!! SO IF SONNEN IS CLEAN, SONNEN GONNA BE SHITTING BRICKS!!!! ALSO Anderson Silva said he came into the last fight with BROKEN RIBS, SONNEN IN POST FIGHT INTERVIEW SAID HE BELIEVED ANDERSON SILVA CLAIM!!!! O CHECK OUT HOW SONNEN WAS INVOLVED IN MONEY LAUNDERING AND SNITCHED TO GET REDUCED SENTENCE AND SONNEN IS NOW A CHEATER AND A FELON 🙂

  • XIRandomHeroIX

    I hope Silva clowns this C-sucker worse than the beating he put on Forrest

  • RubeKegal

    RIP Silva

    • TKD

      Keep dreaming, fool!

  • dgs

    Silva is already a scary fighter, but an angry, pissed off Silva is not someone anyone in the 185 lbs weight class should want to fight.

    Silva is ever the consummate sportsman, but in this fight I believe he is going to do everything he can to hurt Chael, badly. Don’t blink, because I don’t think Chael will make it out of the first round in a conscious state.

    As the old saying goes, “be careful what you wish for, it just might come true!”

    • me vs you

      love it!

    • MrAdidas

      Didn’t Sonnen already fight an angry & pissed off Silva?!? If Silva wasnt pissed off b4 the 1st fight, then theres not a chance in hell he gets “angry” for the 2nd fight.

      Not sure why you people assume Silva is going to come out all angry & mad, b/c Sonnen did the same shit & talked the same shit to Silva b4 their 1st fight & what did Silva do then?!? But let me guess, Silva had injured ribs, thats why he got beat up right?!?

      I didnt expect Sonnen to make out of the 1st Round Vs Silva, but this time who knows? I can see Silva KOing Sonnen in the 1st or 5th, but I can also see Sonnen taking Silva down & not making the same mistakes he did in their 1st fight. ONE things for sure, it should be one hell of a fight.

      • jflo


        • RobW

          God love you internet tough guys that get pissed over people you don’t even know. And, insult people over their opinion.

          I suppose you’ll hit a girl for pissing you off? Or, you pick on guys you know won’t fight you? I bet you’re thankful for the internet so you don’t get your ass kicked on a daily basis.

          No, I won’t give you my address or fly to Nebraska to fight you. I’m sure that’s your next comment.

  • Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro has an actual capacity of 92,000 seats …
    before restructuration he hadn’t seat spots and it was built for a capacity of 165,000 spectators , but during the 1950 World Cup it reached the peak of 200,000 spectators in a single match, today’s record in a sport event.

  • Anthony

    Cheals crazy to take this fight in Silvas home town. Way too much to worry about, and im not talking about Silva–If I were him Id reconsider. Vegas would be a better place to hold the fight.I can’t say anymore , because they already deleted my post once. I guess this is a very sensative topic.

  • TKD

    I still say there is no way in hell that Sonnen takes this fight in Silva’s backyard. Watch and see. Either the venue location will change, or this fight gets cancelled/postponed. Sonnen would have to be a fool to take this fight in Brazil.

    • Anthony

      my sentiments exactly

    • MrAdidas

      I’m pretty sure Sonnen doesnt give a rats @$$!
      Yeah Sonnen isnt the best fighter & he did lose to Silva in their 1st fight, but the one thing Sonnen deserves is credit for backing what he says up. Who actually thought Sonnen was making it out of the 1st Round Vs Silva in their 1st fight?!? Not many people, I doubt Sonnens trainers had much faith, but he did EXACTLY what he said he was going to do … bring the fight to Anderson & beat him up. Well he did that & more, but it wasnt enough.

      What most people need to realise is yeah Sonnen talked alot of shit about Brazil & Brazilians, BUT Sonnen trains with Ceaser Gracie, Nick Diaz & Shields etc. Are you people really that stupid, he does this all for “show”/publicity/$$$$$. Go to youtube & check out a clip when Sonnen received a Brazilian flag from a Brazilian journalist, the real Sonnen was in that clip, he accepted & thanked the journalist for the flag & he was very appreciative of the gesture etc.

      • Anthony

        Your preaching to the choir bro, I know i’ll probably take a beating for this, but personally , I like the guy, hes a badass, smart, funny and witty,I find his humor to be hilarious and w/ the exception of the Bisping fight(I still thought he won….barely)he backs up his trash talk–Id love to see him win this and make it out alive.