A UN meeting scheduled at the same time as UFC 147 would have put such a strain on the hotel capacity that a major sporting event like Silva vs. Sonnen II would have been problematic.
Thus UFC President Dana White announced live from Brazil that the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch will not be in Brazil, but rather would be at UFC 148 in Las Vegas on july 7. 148 had been headlined by a Bantamweight title fight betweeen Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz, coaches of the debut season of The Ultimate Fighter Live on FX.
"It took a lot of talking," said White. "I finally convinced Anderson to take this fight in Las Vegas."
"It makes no difference to me," said Silva through a translator. "My first championship was in Japan. A fight is a fight. I am going to be fighting and representing Brazil in the same manner I have always done." Later Silva expanded on the remarks.
"I’m not glad that it’s not in Brazil, but I’m a UFC athlete," Silva said. "I don’t only have fans here, I have fans all over the world. Independently of where I’ll fight, I’ll be representing Brazil and I’ll do my job for my fans. It doesn’t change much."
Chael Sonnen described UFC 148 as the "biggest sporting event in the history of combat."
Dana White cited many things logistically as contributing to UFC 147 falling apart. "It was a huge, global event," White said. "If we couldn't pull it off in a soccer stadium the only choice was Vegas ... This is where we wanted it to happen, Anderson obviously wanted it, Chael was okay with it."
“When I started training martial arts I learned about respect. Sonnen doesn’t know martial arts. He’s a wrestler, he doesn’t know how to respect people. Some say he’s promoting the fight, but he disrespected my country, my family, and fans. Some people say things without really knowing and they think it’s awesome. He did it all, but he didn’t do the most important thing which was defeating me."
Part way through Chael starts loudly snoring.
"Yes I did (disrespect you and your country)," agreed Sonnen. "And you didn't do a damn thing. ... I am going to destroy him. Our skills are not even close. ... I am not going to talk respect like this guy. I'm going to ask what is the date and whose ass am I going to whip tonight?"
"I can't tell if Chael Sonnen is playing the bad guy," said White, who added, "or if he's just nuts. But let me tell you one thing about this guy, he backs it up. ... He's the only guy to challenge Anderson Silva. The things that come out of his mouth are nutty, but he backs it up."
White at the opening of the press conference said that UFC 147 will take place in Brazil, on June 23, venue to be determined, with Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort headlining. He hoped to also have Featherweight champion Jose Aldo on the card, presumably as a co-main event. UFC 147 will also have the Middleweight and Featherweight tournament finales from TUF Brazil, as well as Brazilian heavyweight Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow.
White also said that depending upon how Jon Jones recovers from Saturday’s Rashad Evans fight, he could fight Dan Henderson at UFC 149 on July 21.
“[Jones'] hands are sore, you know, all the things that go along with coming out of a fight like that. We got to give them a few weeks to see how he feels, and we’ll figure out what the main event is in Calgary. But that would be awesome. If we could make that fight, that would be great.”
In short order, Silva and Sonnen squared off, Dana flashed a peace sign, and the press conference closed.
Dana's final tweet:
Las Vegas but first get Chael out of Brazil in 1 piece
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