During the UFC 145 post-event media scrum, Dana White confirmed that things are not looking good for the Silva / Sonnen stadium show in Brazil:
White said it now appears they simply will not be able to secure the stadium anytime near the targeted date.
“We had the whole arena mapped out and ready to go,” White said. “We were pumped and ready for that. … They came to us, and the mayor was trying to fight for us and trying to keep it. The whole thing just fell apart.”
“I said it before and I’ll say it again, that’s not only the biggest fight in the UFC, I think it’s one of the biggest sporting events of the year,” White said. “That fight is going to be done the right way. We’re not going to half-ass that thing and say, ‘Oh, let’s go over to this arena over here.’ It’s going to be a big fight.”
The leading back-up plan seems to be to move the bout to UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
They don’t want to half-ass it by moving it to an arena in Brazil, so they’re … moving it to an arena in Las Vegas? Pardon me if that logic doesn’t make much sense, but I’ll trust that there are more unknown logistical nightmares forcing the UFC’s hand on this one.
There is still a ray of hope shining through all this – Dana White said he and Chael Sonnen were headed to Brazil and whatever was going to happen would be decided by Tuesday. So cross your fingers, say your prayers, or sacrifice a goat in the hopes that this all pans out and we still get this fight in South America.