Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II possible for UFC's return to Brazil in JanuaryPosted on October 31, 2011, 09:07 AM by Anton Gurevich
According to the article, top Brazilian TV network Globo looking to max out its recently-established partnership with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, by pushing for "the biggest rematch in the UFC history" to happen in Brazil.
UFC President Dana White recently quoted Anderson Silva not being "entirely interested" in rematching the "disrespectful punk" Chae Sonnen, but now it looks like the opportunity to humiliate "The People's Champion" in Brazil may tempt the reigning UFC Middleweight Champion into the rematch:
"In a recent interview on Brazilian TV show anchored by journalist Marilia Gabriela, Silva said he has no reason to offer Chael a rematch. However, ever since Brazilian TV network Globo – the biggest in the country – won its bid to broadcast the UFC and another installment of the event was confirmed for January 14 in Rio, a lot has been going on behind the scenes and pressure for the rematch to take place has been great."
UFC: Rio 2 (or simply UFC 142) will take place at the same venue that hosted UFC 134, HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Speaking at Heavy.com's UFC 137 Fight Day, multi-time UFC Champion Vitor Belfort already confirmed he will be part of the UFC 142 fight card, as many other Brazilian fighters are expected to join the 37 year old "Phenom".