The UFC held the press conference for Silva-Sonnen II Tuesday and made an announcement that made everyone, including Sonnen, even if he won’t admit it, feel a little safer. Sonnen will no longer fight Silva in Brazil due to scheduling conflicts and the fight will instead take place in Las Vegas July, 7.
While Sonnen won’t admit it there was legitimate fear for his life if the fight were to take place in Brazil. He has constantly ripped on the country, its fighters and people. There was actual worry that he could be killed and it’s not too far fetched. Fans have rioted from far less at soccer matches and imagine if Sonnen were to beat Silva. There would be an absolute riot and the UFC’s biggest worry would not be the event as a whole, but getting Sonnen out safely. Dana actually tweeted that was his goal today.
This is probably the best more for Sonnen and the UFC. A Silva-Sonnen fight in Brazil would have been huge, but a safety risk for Sonnen. He was also to right that Vegas is the fight capital of the world and why not have the biggest fight in history in the fight capital of the world.
Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz will also take place at UFC 148.
Alistair Overeem was denied for a license and can reapply for one in nine months. Unless the UFC cuts Overeem, he cannot fight until December.
Hector Lombard, Bellator middlweight champion, tweeted Tuesday that he is officially in the UFC.
Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman announced for UFC on Fuel TV 4, July 11, no location has been announced.
Cheick Kongo vs. Minotauro Nogueira announced for UFC 149 in Calgary.