UFC 147: Silva vs. Sonnen II Headed to Engenhao Stadium on June 23

March 26, 2012
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Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 117
UFC 147 is officially headed to Brazil with one of the biggest rematches in the promotion’s history leading the card.

In a release on Monday, the UFC announced that it will be staging UFC 147 at Rio’s Engenhao stadium with Anderson Silva facing Chael Sonnen in the main event on June 23.

The fight and card have been rumored for months, but this officially seals the deal with the date and stadium being confirmed.

The Engenhao stadium plays home to the Botafogo football club in Brazil, and should pack in nearly 60,000 fans for the June event.

UFC president Dana White originally speculated an event at a soccer stadium with capacity near 80,000, but Engenhao was the final landing spot with a slightly smaller crowd for the live show.

There’s no doubt, however, that the Brazilian fans will pack the soccer stadium to the brim with anticipation of home country hero Anderson Silva returning to his roots and facing rival and top middleweight contender Chael Sonnen.

The expected co-main event for the June 23 card will feature Ultimate Fighter Brasil coaches Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva square off for a second time.

In their original meeting in 1998, Belfort blitzed Silva in the first round to win by knockout at UFC 17.5, which was also held in Brazil, coincidentally.

Tickets for the June 23 event will go on sale in May.

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  • browill70

    I hope Sonnen gets the presidential treatment if the fight is in a Brazilian soccer stadium with 80,000 angry Brazilian fans wanting Sonnen’s head.

  • That place is going to be wild. Can’t wait!

    Imagine the sh!t storm if Chael manages to go in there and pick up a quick win. Better be a trap door and an escape tunnel underneath the Octagon.

  • Chael Sonnen is going to get whooped in front of a mob of angry Brazilians!! Sonnen did not look so good against Bisping in his last bout and Anderson should be in better shape than in their last encounter. I’d hate to be Chael that night!!! But, he erned a good whooping and hatred from everyone…so R.I.P Chael Sonnen!!!

    • johnnybooker

      Chael did look like crap against Bisping, and should have lost imo. But he did do a number on Stann…and juiced or not, he looked pretty good against AS a couple years ago. He’ll def be in better shape for this fight too, and I bet he plays it safe if he’s lucky enough to get into the 5th with a 4-0 lead next time. Can’t wait to see this…hope Chael wins just because I’m a hater.

      • phrankthetank

        The problem with the bisping fight is this. sonnen didn’t look like shit because he wasn’t game, he looked like shit because bisping managed to stuff the takedowns. I believe that sonnen absolutely won that fight, but i think the outlook of most may be skewed because bisping did MUCH better than anyone anticipated. People were so impressed with how well he held his own that they made the mistake of thinking doing better than expected was the same as winning rounds. Regardless, silva doesn’t have the td defense of bisping, though he might have developed it after their last fight.

    • johnnybooker

      And give the dude credit…it takes a HUGE sack to accept a fight like this in Brazil…no way ANYONE can’t respect that.

  • LongDongSilver

    Chaels definately got grapes taking this in Brazil considering the crap he’s said, can’t see him winning but would need new pants if he pulled it off!

  • maddawgmar

    I agree it takes testicules the size of melons to take a fight of this magnitude in a hostile atmosphere. As for who will win, Sonnen has the talent to do exactly what he did in the last fight. However Silva will be a little more prepared, and probably fight backing up. Can we say Forrest Griffin?

    I hope Sonnen wins because that would throw a wrench in the whole outlook of the WW to LHW divisions. But I don’t think it’ll happen.

  • jessemalloy

    I LOVE Sonnen, what a freakin entertainer he is. But Silva is going to shut his mouth…for a very short amount of time.

  • phrankthetank

    I think the problem most opponents have with silva is they give him way too much respect and play his game instead of their own. The reason sonnen was so successful last time is because he charged across the cage, punched silva in the face and put him on his ass. Even when silva did his little hands at the waist counter punching bullshit, sonnen punched him in the face and put him on his ass. If he comes out just as aggressive, he stands a chance. If that doesn’t work…. I hope he’s been training the flying scissor heel hook!

    • adam1848

      I agree 100%. I hate Sonnen, but last time he did exactly what he said he was going to do. But I also think Anderson underestimated him. Won’t happen again, especially in Brazil. Win or lose, Chael is getting his pay check, which is what concerns him. I hope Anderson knocks him out, then retires and hands the division over to Machida.

  • lonniebatt

    Can you imagine a situation that could be any worse for a person, especially for Chael… In all honesty Sonnen shouldnt have a chance in hell!!!

  • jpgagne

    Damn this guy has balls. Still a d*ckhead, but if he can beat Anderson Silva in front of 60.000 or so brazilians, that would be backing all his trash-talking to the highest level. All the crap about been ” the people champ”, that submission should not win an MMA fight thing, and all the crazy talk he said over the past few years, all this would seem a little less crazy if he was to win.

  • If Sonnen shows up in Brazil for this fight I’ll give him lots of respect. But I think Anderson Silva will clean his clock with a TKO by the 3rd round.Long overdue!