LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Host and mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
In exactly two months from now, the long awaited rematch between current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will finally go down at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012, from the fight capitol of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Originally scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Silva's home country, UFC officials had no option but to relocate the massive fight to "Sin City" because of the fact the promotion simply could not lock down a suitable venue in a timely manner.
The news left many Brazilians disappointed at the fact that they would not have the chance to see one of their mixed martial arts (MMA) hero's step up and defend their honor, so to speak, against the man who has spent the last few years speaking out against their country and MMA superstars.
"The Spider" himself was very upset at the news. So much so, that reports surfaced the UFC President Dana White spent quite a bit of time trying to convince his 185-pound champion to take the fight in Las Vegas.
However, it may come as a surprise to some, that even Sonnen himself was disappointed at the chance of fighting in Brazil and feeding off the negative energy that the hostile crowd would have certainly dished out toward the "American Gangster."
Appearing on today's (May 7, 2012) episode of The MMA Hour, Sonnen explained his disappointment of the change in location of his rematch with Silva, the Brazilian fans real views toward their MMA hero's, and briefly touched on the acquisition of the promotion's newest middleweight threat, Hector Lombard.
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"Yeah, I would've liked to have been part of a stadium show, a record-breaker. I would've definitely enjoyed the experience of walking into a hostile environment. I like that. I really enjoy the negative energy. So we lost that, but I want to pick my words carefully. The last thing I want to do is to be put in a great situation, something that dreams are made of, and then complain that it wasn't even better. That's not the message I want to put out, but yeah, it would have been a neat experience, and I would have liked to have had it."
Chael also touched on his experience in his short visit to Brazil and also explains the Brazilian fans views of a few of today's top Brazilian fighters:
"As far as the people, it was great. Look, if I want to be famous in America, I've got to go to a fight. Walking around town, I'm just not. I'm not a celebrity, as you put it earlier. But in Brazil, that's, not true man. Everybody knows the sport in Brazil. Just because I had some confusions about their Country, that doesn't mean, those aren't insults. So what? I had it wrong. It turns out they have computers, I didn't know. But as far as their hero's go, I think they were pretty refreshed when I informed them of their thinking. You know you got these guys that are Brazilian when it's convenient. You got your Vitor's and your Wanderlei's and your Anderson's that are Brazilian when the can take money from the local people. But of course, they've lived in America for over a decade in gated communities on golf courses. So the Brazilian people don't like those guys. There is a major misconception with that. Those guys are looked at for what they are, which is phony's."
In true Chael fashion, he goes on to say that he will destroy Anderson once and for all on Fourth of July weekend:
"I am the champion, so I will always have my belt. Will Anderson bring his fake belt? Yeah, he most likely will, and I think it's embarrassing he has to do that. I think what he's doing is he's seeing the influx of new viewers the FOX deal got us, he went out to do his level best to misinform the new viewers into believing he's champion, and he went out and got himself a fake belt. I think it's embarrassing. I would never do that. I think it's shameful. I think it's disrespectful to everything that I've done and I've earned in the sport, but he continues to do it. So I'm going to destroy him once and for all, finally, on July 7, live and only on pay-per-view."
Straying away from his rematch with Anderson, Sonnen briefly touched on how title shots are given and the UFC's newest threat at 185-pounds, Hector Lomard:
"I don't think there should be any set architecture. You always hear the champion that doesn't want to fight the true best guy making arguments for why he shouldn't have to fight that guy. Rich Franklin did that. He was the champion. He's living the high life. He's fighting bums left and right. And Anderson comes into the company, he has one fight, and Rich is like, 'Well, I don't think he should get it after one fight.' Well, Rich you don't get to decide. Whoever the best guy is gets the shot. And if it's Hector, then Hector will get the shot. Good for him. He's on quite a roll, he won a whole bunch of fights, he's in the UFC. If he can do it, good for him. Whoever the right guy is should get the shot, and I will not deny anybody."
With only 60 days remaining until UFC 148, you can bet we will hear plenty more from Sonnen in the build up to one of the, if not the most anticipated fight in recent memory.
How about it Maniacs, anyone care to give some early predictions of how this fight will go down? Or how about a future showdown between Sonnen and Lombard, is that a bout that inrigue you as a fight fan?