UFC 148 poster pic for "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 7, 2012.
"Two grudges will end. Two champions will emerge."
Well, that didn't take very long.
Just hours after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White boarded a private jet bound for Brazil with number one 185-pound title contender, Chael Sonnen (who claims he wore this disguise to sneak over the border), and announced the new UFC 148 main event, we have a fancy new fight poster.
That's right, earlier this afternoon White revealed during a LIVE press conference that the rematch between Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen has been relocated from South America to Las Vegas, Nevada, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 7, 2012, because the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion could not secure a suitable venue.
UFC 147 will go on as planned elsewhere in Brazil on June 23, 2012, but it just won't have the "biggest fight in the history of combat" sports atop the marquee. On the contrary, that distinction now apparently belongs to the Fourth of July weekend pay-per-view (PPV) event, which most likely saddens Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber the most because their 135-pound trilogy fight was expected to lead the bill.
Despite the "demotion" to co main event status, the switch make the UFC 148 main card, which features fights between Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le, Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch and Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz, among others, the most stacked fight card of the year so far.