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White on Silva vs. Sonnen II in Brasil

White on Silva vs. Sonnen II in Brasil

January 10, 2012

If Chael Sonnen gets by Mark Munoz later this month at UFC on FOX 2, his next bout could be a huge one.

UFC president Dana White recently joined “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV to discuss potential plans for a long-awaited rematch.

In the segment, which ultimately didn’t make it to air, White said that if Sonnen gets his rematch with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, it’ll likely take place in Silva’s home country of Brazil – in a soccer stadium.

That means the fight could headline the UFC’s second-ever stadium show (the first, UFC 129, took place this past April in Toronto) and its first-ever outdoor event. UFC officials previously have talked about using a Brazilian venue that could accommodate up to 100,000 spectators for a future event.

“We’ll see what happens,” White said. “We’re talking about doing the big fight – obviously, if Sonnen faces Anderson Silva, that’s going to be a hot ticket. People from all over the world want to see that. That fight, if that fight goes down, it’ll probably happen in Brazil and probably in a soccer stadium.”

Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC), who dominated Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) for four rounds before a succumbing to a last-round triangle choke at UFC 117 in 2010, meets Munoz on Jan. 28 in Chicago. If victorious, he’ll likely get the Silva fight this summer.

As ( recently reported, White had considered booking the rematch for the UFC’s annual Super Bowl weekend show in Las Vegas. Instead, Sonnen will be featured on the UFC’s second-ever network-televised event later this month. That could give the already-polarizing fighter even more exposure ahead of what likely will be the UFC’s biggest-money fight of 2012.

In addition to that Brazilian event and upcoming shows in Japan and Sweden, White said the UFC is targeting 2012 events for France, China and South Korea.

Source: MMAJunkie