After months of speculation the long awaited rematch between controversial contender Chael Sonnen and UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva has been awarded an official date/venue. According to the organization, the June 23 bout will indeed take place in a Rio de Janeiro soccer stadium, as had been rumored, with more than 60,000 seats being made available for fans interested in being part of history as the largest crowd ever assembled for a UFC event.
Sonnen nearly dethroned “The Spider” in 2010 before succumbing to a submission in the closing minutes of a match-up he was unquestionably winning on the scorecards beforehand. The 27-11-1 Sonnen has won both of his bouts since the defeat with the success coming against Brian Stann and Michael Bisping.
Silva has also gone 2-0 since their meeting at UFC 117 with strike-based stoppages against Belfort and Yushin Okami. He holds an overall record of 31-4 with the longest winning streak ever inside the Octagon at fourteen straight including nine defenses of the belt he took from Rich Franklin nearly five years ago.
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