Dana White: Silva-Sonnen II Not Official, Likely for Soccer Stadium in Rio

Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Photo by Esther Lin/MMA Fighting.

It turns out Chael Sonnen was right, his rematch with arch-rival Anderson Silva and a second shot at the UFC middleweight title isn't set in stone yet after all. However, according to UFC President Dana White's comments today, it's almost a matter of time.

With a formal announcement likely being delayed due to logistical issues, White revealed today that UFC officials are planning on holding the highly-anticipated bout in a soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The promotion was previously attempting to secure a venue in Silva's birthplace of Sao Paolo, but rumored local concerns about noise and other potential annoyances forced the UFC to search elsewhere.

The news comes one day after Sonnen stated on Tuesday's episode of "UFC Tonight" on FUEL TV that "UFC Countdown" production workers were scheduled to come to his house later this week even though he has yet to sign a contract to face Silva.

If a bout between the two does become official, it will likely be the biggest rematch in the history of the company. Sonnen came only minutes away from handing Silva's his first-ever UFC loss before succumbing to a triangle choke late in the fifth round of an exciting battle.

And if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check out this fan-made trailer by NicktheFace. It's a must-see. Hopefully the UFC will decide to use all or at least part of the video in their promotion for the fight.


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