Silva vs. Sonnen 2 Officially Moves to UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas

April 24, 2012
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Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 117Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen 2 is coming to America.

After much discussion and debate, the UFC has opted to shift possibly the biggest rematch in the sport’s history to UFC 148 in Las Vegas on July 7.

Originally, Silva vs. Sonnen 2 was set to be the headliner for UFC 147 in Brazil on June 23, but the logistics for the event changed drastically when the United Nations scheduled a conference in Rio De Janeiro during the same week that UFC 147 would take place.

With more than 50,000 people expected to attend the conference, as well as dealing with security and other issues in the city, the UFC knew holding an event in Rio that week with an expected crowd nearing 80,000 could be disastrous.

So instead of bringing the fight to the home of Anderson Silva, they will instead bring the fight to the home of the UFC.

Silva vs. Sonnen 2 will now headline UFC 148 in Las Vegas on July 7 as part of what is now one of the most loaded cards in the history of the sport.

Ultimate Fighter Live coaches Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will battle in a five-round bout for the UFC bantamweight title as the new co-main event. The card also features several other top fights including Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le, Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch, and Tito Ortiz’s final fight as he faces Forrest Griffin.

UFC president Dana White also stated that the new card for UFC 147 will still take place, but a venue has not been secured as of yet. The card may also feature featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who could be shifted into the main event slot with the loss of Silva vs. Sonnen 2.

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  • Wow this is one of the best cards they’ve ever done

  • Why did they go all the way to Brazil to announce that? Odd move.

    After Señor Chael defends his belt maybe he will be gracious enough to give Anderson one more shot and they can do the rubber match in Brazil sometime next year (provided Anderson wins a few and fights his way back into title contention of course).

  • dbliss

    “After Señor Chael defends his belt…” LMFAO. You’re delusional! Can’t wait to be there in person to watch your “idol” get what’s coming to him.

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  • adam1848

    boooo. this fight should have been in brazil. what, rio is the only city in the country? anderson deserves to have this rematch in front of his home country. after all he has done for the sport, and with only a few fights left in his career, i just hope the ufc did everything possible…but, shit does happen.

  • Towers66

    Probably going to be a boring fight if Chael wins. I’m cool with it. We all know that he stands an excellent chance of dethroning the champ. I can’t wait to see this card. It is going to be a good one.

  • orange138

    I hate this move for many reasons. For one Anderson should earn home just like every other sport. They put him on a card with two therepeat fights that weren’t exciting the first two times and for personal reasons wanderlei and Anderson are the only two fighters that I will order every time, now I have do find some where to watch one of the two.