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Big news flowing outta Brazil!

Brazilian magazine / website Tatame has been taking advantage of having the UFC in it’s neck of the rainforest by breaking some pretty big stories. Yesterday we teased at the possibility of Anderson Silva on the first big FOX show. Now Tatame claims it’s got reliable sources saying that’s the plan:

Anderson Silva will put his belt on the line this Saturday, but the organization is already thinking on his next title defense. According to sources close to the situation, the middleweight champion is in talks with the UFC to fight Dan Henderson at UFC’s first show on FOX, scheduled to November 12, in California.

Sources also indicated that if Henderson didn’t agree to move down to middleweight months after a heavyweight showdown against Fedor Emelianenko, Chael Sonnen is the option to replace him against Silva.

They followed that report up by interviewing Lorenzo Fertitta:

We reported this Monday that Anderson Silva could put his middleweight title on the line against Dan Henderson, one he beats Yushin Okami…

I would love to do that. Anderson just needs a win.

Also in that interview: a conversation about future shows in 2012. In addition to Lorenzo promising 4 Brazilian shows in 2012 (take all international aspirations by Zuffa execs and cut them in half to figure out what’s probably going to happen), he also mentioned a meeting in Manus. What’s in Manus, you ask? The 100,000 person ‘Sambodromo’

According to several Brazilian newspapers, on Tuesday, Zuffa co-owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta met with Omar Aziz, the governor of Amazonas, and his deputy Jose Melo, among others. There, the group discussed a possible August 2012 date for the UFC that could nearly double the UFC’s previous record attendance.

According to the reports, the event would be held at Manaus’ Convention Center — popularly called “Sambódromo.” The sprawling, outdoor venue is over 400 meters long and can hold a capacity of over 100,000.

“The opportunity to realize the UFC in Manaus and bring home some of the great fighters who are from this region is something that makes us very excited,” Lorenzo Fertitta said.

I’m glad Dana White got over his fear of stadiums. Now we’ll have to see if he can conquer his fear of the outdoors. They’ve done the Skydome and they’ve done outdoors in the Middle East. But if they keep rolling the dice sooner or later they’re going to have a major event in a thunderstorm. And as cool as that sounds, I think in practice it might end up causing a few tiny problems.

  • Letibleu says:

    Anyone remember the jinx that happens when they plans fights before fights happen??? Anderson Silva just officially lost his belt this coming Saturday.

  • CAP says:

    ^^Ha I just said the same thing in another post. You know it.

  • CAP says:

    How awesome is the view going to be FROM ANOTHER ZIP CODE!

  • Letibleu says:

    Chael Sonnen said they dont have zip codes in Brazil. They have tree markings.


    • Brazil: 99999-999 (previously 99999, from 1972 to 1992) -000 to -899 are used for streets, roads, avenues, boulevards, -900 to -959 are used for buildings with a high postal use, -960 to -969 are for promotional use, -970 to -989 are post offices and regular P.O. boxes and -990 to -998 are used for community P.O. boxes. -999 is used for special services
  • lukustra says:

    not like we wouldnt want Anderson even if he does lose his belt. and Chael Sonnen? I mean I want to see the rematch but the dude fights a month before. If they pull him out of the Stann fight it’d kind of be a dick move to Stann whos earned more respect. Although this is a horrific matchup for him. In addition, Chael has been out a longgg time, and throwing him into a championship fight after such a long layoff might be a mistake. We saw it with Vitor, Rampage, ect. and I kinda want Dan to stay in Strikeforce. I don’t want them to make it so theres no one to look forward to seeing in Strikeforce anymore for as long as they plan to keep it around.

  • Letibleu says:

    Cap I posted 14 minutes before you. Great minds think alike yet fools rarely differ…

    But seriously, there is something to this. Just because of this jinx I am going to call it for Okami.

  • kvelertak says:

    This is just inviting disaster. If Okami humps him for 5 rounds Dana is going to be fucked.