Sports

Anderson Silva Vs. Chael Sonnen 2 Moved To UFC 148

sonnen vs. silva Brazil press conferenceThe highly anticipated Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva rematch has been moved out of Brazil. The UFC championship rematch will land on UFC 148, making UFC 148 one of the most stacked shows of all time.

The news broke early this morning although it had been brewing for about a week. Sonnen vs. Silva 2 was originally scheduled to take place in Silva’s home country of Brazil at UFC 147. Unfortunately the UFC were pressured to move the fight as it conflicted with a United Nations country. Not even the UFC could stand up and defeat the U.N.

The fight will now move to the main-event slot of UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas. The fight headlines a jam-packed show that will also feature Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber, Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin, Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le, and Tim Boetsch vs. Michael Bisping. I can’t recall the UFC having a show this stacked with star matchups since UFC 100 which remains the biggest drawing UFC pay per view of all-time.

The fight being moved to Vegas presents an interesting predicament for the main-event. Chael Sonnen has never gotten re-licensed from the California State Athletic Commission. The NSAC won’t let him fight without this being cleared up. I can’t imagine the CSAC not licensing Sonnen at this point but the fact remains that he doesn’t currently have that license. It should be a formality but it is still an issue until it is resolved.

Dana White mentioned today at the press conference in Brazil that the other fights on UFC 147 are still in limbo. The co-headliner features an all-Brazilian battle between Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort. The fight concludes the first season of the Brazil version of The Ultimate Fighter which pits Belfort and Silva against each other as head coaches. The show ends in June so it is imperative that the UFC moves fast on rescheduling the fight before the buzz wears off.

Sonnen also mentioned at the press conference that the challenge he made to Silva last year is off. He originally challenged Silva to a fight where he’d retire if he lost and Silva would have to leave the division if he lost. Sonnen said that, “every deal has an expiration date” and it appears that the deal expired.

I think at the end of the day that the fight being moved out of Brazil will only enhance the high drama already surrounding this fight. Sonnen is already in full hype mode telling the media today that Silva is walking around with a fake belt. Sonnen also mocked Silva several times during the press conference today. To be clear, Silva tapped Sonnen out in the fifth round of arguably the greatest UFC fight of all time at UFC 117.

I’ll make my pick early. I think Silva destroys Sonnen in the first round at UFC 148.

UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans Program

UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans Program

UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans DVD

UFC Jon “Bones” Jones Cornerman Classic T-Shirt [Black]

Introducing the Official UFC Apparel of Jon Jones! Walkout Shirt & Performance Gear.

UFC shirts and videos on Amazon.com

(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)

Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookGoogle PlusYouTube

Comments

About

Welcome to the Camel Clutch Blog. The CCB was born in 2007 and features blogs from over 50 different writers. Articles from the Camel Clutch Blog have been featured by some of the world's most respected websites including; CNNSI.com, Foxsports.com, Yahoo News, Business Insider, MSNBC, NBCsports.com, and more.

Writers Wanted

Do you have a passion for blogging? The Camel Clutch Blog is proud to have featured over 50 guest bloggers and contributors since its inception. The CCB is a great outlet for your blogging or a great way to promote your own site, blog, and/or podcast through Guest Blogging. The CCB reaches millions of people per year and you can be sure you will be read when you post on the CCB. Email Eric Gargiulo at [email protected] if you are interested.

Add to Flipboard

Connect with me

Link to my Facebook Page
Link to my Rss Page
Link to my Twitter Page
Link to my Youtube Page
To Top