A less-than pleased Anderson Silva joined UFC President Dana White and top middleweight contender Chael Sonnen on a stage in Rio de Janeiro earlier this morning where the organization confirmed the two rivals will no longer fight in Brazil at UFC 147 but rather in Las Vegas a few weeks later. Their original meeting was pushed back in large part due to a United Nations conference scheduled for the week of the event interfering with accommodations in Rio.
White also mentioned the possibility of featherweight champion Jose Aldo stepping up to fight at UFC 147 which is being shifted to an unknown location in Brazil.
Silva, whose body language and demeanor told a story of their own, acknowledged his disappointment in the change of circumstances but would still go out and show why his skills are superior to Sonnen’s.
Sonnen also admitted wanting to be part of such a major show, as UFC 147 was originally expected to fill an 80,000-seat soccer stadium, but would roll with the punches too.
“My plan was to come here, take your money, my new belt, and go back to America. But instead I’m gonna have to wait,” Sonnen ranted, mentioning he would “stomp” Silva on July 7 at UFC 148.
In addition to Silva-Sonnen II, UFC 148 is set to feature a title-fight between bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, as well as bouts such as Tito Ortiz-Forrest Griffin and Cung Le-Rich Franklin.
Check out the full press conference below including an intense face-off between Sonnen-Silva:
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