OAKLAND CA - AUGUST 07: Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen trade punches during the UFC Middleweight Championship bout at Oracle Arena on August 7 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Apparently, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ain't got nothing on the United Nations.
That's because the date of the upcoming UFC 147: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" event, which had previously been penciled in for June 23, 2012, at the Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is likely going to be moved thanks to a United Nations conference taking place during the very same week.
Obviously, that's a big problem, especially considering UFC President Dana White was hoping to take over the entire city once he brings his organization to town.
"The problem is, they don't like the idea of us coming the same time this United Nations convention is going on. The other problem is hotel rooms. Most of the hotel rooms are being taken up. And we don't think, we know that the Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen fight is one of the biggest sporting events this year, in the world. I think it's a huge sporting event. I think people will come to Rio from all over the world. I think we're going to need hotel rooms. Hopefully we'll get this thing done the next few days, one way or the other."
This could be a blessing in disguise in many ways. UFC on FX 4: "Maynard vs. Guida" is scheduled to go down on June 22 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, just one night before UFC 147 was set to take place.
This way, White isn't completely stretched thin, not that he isn't otherwise.
Then again, there are only so many Saturdays available and only so much time to get things squared away. Originally, "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" was going to be held in Sao Paulo but when those plans hit too many snags, they were abandoned in favor of Rio.
The good news? The biggest rematch of all time is going to happen. The bad news? We just don't know when. Stay tuned, Maniacs.
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