Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was nice enough to look out for the best interests of its middleweight champion, Anderson Silva.
After all, there is no reason to make him lose his 185-pound title to Chris Weidman in front of his friends in family in Brazil, when he can do it a few thousand miles away in the main event of UFC 162, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That's according to the "All American" (via Showdown Joe):
"I'm excited for this fight with Anderson Silva. It's happening regardless of the talk. Afterward, I think there will be some other 'super fight' talks going on and I think my name will be involved. The only thing I would have rather done is beat him in Brazil, but I guess UFC didn't want that. They wanted it in Vegas. I'll take it either way, but I think it definitely would have been cool to go to Brazil and beat him in front of his hometown crowd. I definitely think I'm a nightmare match-up for him. Once my hands get on him, he's in my world."
Weidman's World! Weidman's World! Upset time! Excellent!
There is an upside.
When Silva loses, he's already been promised a rematch at Madison Square Garden in New York City. But, if mixed martial arts (MMA) has still not been legalized by the time their second fight rolls around, I'm sure there are plenty of other non-Brazilian venues for "The Spider" to try to spin his web.
Even if he goes 0-2 against the "All American," he'll still have eight more chances to work his way back up to title contention.