Chael Sonnen claims a fight contract to rematch middleweight king Anderson Silva (Pictured) has yet to come across his desk, but UFC president Dana White was talking Wednesday as though their highly-anticipated sequel is all but a done deal.
As expected, the arch rivals will collide in Brazil. However, White begrudgingly announced they are dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s for the 185-pounders to meet inside of an 80,000-seat soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
“Think about this, the Chael Sonnen/Anderson Silva fight – I’m probably going to put my foot in my mouth again, and I’m probably not supposed to be talking about this either, but I always do it – this thing’s going to be in a soccer stadium in Rio,” White stated during today’s press conference.
“This thing’s going to have over 80,000 people are going to be at this event down there.”
UFC 147 is expected to go down June 16th.
The chatty challenger secured his top contender status with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over last-minute replacement Michael Bisping in January.
Silva, on the other hand, has been on the shelf since injuring his shoulder prior to successfully defending his throne for the ninth consecutive time at UFC 134 against Yushin Okami.
After manhandling Silva for nearly five complete rounds at UFC 117, Sonnen was abruptly submitted by “The Spider” with only 110 ticks remaining on the clock. Since the August 2010 defeat, Sonnen has been doing everything within his power to land a rematch.