There’s no question UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva’s upcoming title-defense against rival Chael Sonnen is one of the biggest fights in 2012 if not the history of MMA. However, even the UFC can’t trump the United Nations in terms of global impact.
As chance would have it, the UN has booked a conference for Rio de Janeiro in the days preceding UFC 147 where Sonnen-Silva are scheduled to scrap. Given the city’s limited amount of resources and Zuffa’s expectations of 80,000+ in attendance to see Silva and Sonnen settle their personal score, the situation may result in the organization shifting the much-anticipated show to a new date or location.
“The problem is that first of all they don’t like the idea of us coming at the same time as this United Nations convention is going on. The other problem is hotel rooms. Most of the hotel rooms are being taken up,” said UFC President Dana White at the post-event press conference for UFC on Fuel 2.
White added the company should have a solution in place by the end of this week whether it means pushing UFC 147 back a week or moving it altogether.
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