That's according to Ed Soares, manager for UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
"The Spider" was expected to defend his 185-pound strap against Chael Sonnen (again) in the main event of UFC 147, tentatively scheduled for the Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 23, 2012.
There's only one catch.
You can travel to "Rio," you just can't spend the night. That's because a United Nations conference is also in town that weekend and expected to gobble up the remaining hotel rooms in the area, leaving the UFC 147 combatants with no place to sleep except the floor of Lorenzo's private jet.
Soares explains the logistical problems to "The MMA Show with Mauro Ranallo" and when he expects a final decision to be made, after the jump.
"As of right now we have nothing confirmed (about a date and venue switch). Dana White says he’s trying to work out details in Brazil. A United Nations conference is going on the week of the fight. Originally it was in Sao Paulo so it wouldn’t affect it, but now that it’s in Rio they have to make the logistical adjustments. We don’t know if it will be moved. There’s a problem with getting enough hotels, and there’s possibly a problem with security. They’re trying to see if there’s hotels in the surrounding areas. They’re working out those details now and hopefully (we’ll know) by the end of this week, beginning of next week."
Have rematch, will travel.
A recent report suggests that UFC 148 could become the new destination for the headlining title fight; however, that still leaves a bevy of contracted bouts without a home.
To see who else would be affected by the move check out our UFC 147: "Silva vs. Sonnen II" fight card and rumors right here. For more on the promotion's scheduling conflict click here and here.