Shortly after Chael Sonnen beat Brian Stann this past October, UFC President Dana White referred to the outspoken middleweight’s expected rematch against Anderson Silva as the type of match-up the company would use in hopes of filling a venue like Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. However, with Silva sidelined due to a shoulder injury, Sonnen was booked to face Mark Munoz later this month at UFC on FOX 2 instead.
Of course that doesn’t mean White’s reverence for the match-up’s marketability has changed any as he made clear on a recent episode of UFC Tonight.
“If we can get Chael Sonnen versus Anderson Silva that will probably be held in Brazil in a stadium,” said White. “Everyone in the world will want to watch that.”
A transcription of the UFC executive’s quotes was provided by MMAFighting.
While the venues may have changed it appears the organization’s intentions of filling a stadium with Sonnen-Silva as bait to surpass the 55,000+ in attendance at UFC 129. White has made mention of wanting to put upwards of 100,000 fans in the seats in Brazil, mentioning the overwhelming popularity of the UFC in Brazil relating to their return to Rio this past August.
Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos has also mentioned his interest in defending his title against Alistair Overeem in Brazil as well, a perfect compliment to Silva-Sonnen II when it comes to potentially selling out a soccer stadium in the South American hub.
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