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Old 04-27-2012, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC 148: Dana White Had To Work Hard (And Pay) To Convince Anderson Silva To Fight In

Anderson Silva was expecting to rematch Chael Sonnen at UFC 147 in Brazil, but a series of snags, culminating in a United Nations conference that was going to cause logistical issues resulted in the fight being moved to UFC 148 in Las Vegas. According to a story on Fighters Only Magazine, Silva wasn't thrilled to not be able to try to shut Chael's mouth in his home country, but it sounds like money and a plea from Dana was enough to change his mind.

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It took the UFC president 75 minutes to convince him to fight Chael Sonnen in Las Vegas instead of Rio de Janeiro and this was the reason for the press conference delay yesterday, reports Gustavo Noblat of OGlobo.com.

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The champion was frustrated and insisted on fighting in Brazil. Anderson told Dana that Sonnen had been disrespectful with him, his family and all the Brazilian. "He deserves to taught a lesson here, I owe this to my people", repeated Silva. But Dana was adamant. "If there is no way how to make the event in a stadium, it has to be in Las Vegas," said the company president.

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He spoke about the potential of the Pay-per-view sales it would generate and in the end, he guaranteed a good percentage of the pay-per-view share to Anderson. As with so many things in life, money talks louder than anything.

It's a little bit hard for me to believe that Dana flew in for a press conference, with printed materials and a plan to speak to the media but was still trying to work out the details with Silva backstage before the fight.



That said, it's not a stretch to think that Silva had major reservations about having to travel once again to defend his title and not have the honor of taking care of business in Brazil.

In the end, it's really about what's best for business. If it's going to be easier to draw a bigger gate in Vegas without the logistical nightmares that the UN conference was presenting, that's the right call. The fight should do good business on PPV and giving Silva a bigger than normal cut of the PPV cash is a reasonable way to make up the difference.

It sounds like Silva is also upset with IMX, the company that promotes the Brazilian UFC events. Statements in the article suggest that Silva is blaming them for the poor organization that led to the event falling apart.

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/4/27...n-vegas-brazil
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Yeah. Sonnen could care less where the fight is, he just wants to kick Andersons ass. Anderson should not waist his time on where the fight takes place and just show up amd fight.

Shit happens and the UFC has to do what they have to do. You would think that a veteran like AS would understand that. Or is he just being a diva.
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I can't believe the UFC didn't manage to plan around a friggin UN conference... Seems like this was all just a bait and switch to hype up the fight.
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Yeah. Sonnen could care less where the fight is, he just wants to kick Andersons ass. Anderson should not waist his time on where the fight takes place and just show up amd fight.

Shit happens and the UFC has to do what they have to do. You would think that a veteran like AS would understand that. Or is he just being a diva.
YEAH, Anderson wants a chance to fight in his home town and give them the satisfaction of seeing him beat Chael (AGAIN) and he is a diva. But Chael runs around whinning about how he never lost as is this phantom MW champion...and ANDERSON is the DIVA?????
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YEAH, Anderson wants a chance to fight in his home town and give them the satisfaction of seeing him beat Chael (AGAIN) and he is a diva. But Chael runs around whinning about how he never lost as is this phantom MW champion...and ANDERSON is the DIVA?????
Not an apples to apples comparison.

Sonnen does what he does for his brand and to help promote fights and to be honest he is very smart about it and it will lead to more PPV sales. He has never refused to fight in a specific venue. Im not saying Anderson cant be disappointed, but get over it and go fight. Dont sit there and throw a hissy fit because the fight has to be moved.
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Not an apples to apples comparison.

Sonnen does what he does for his brand and to help promote fights and to be honest he is very smart about it and it will lead to more PPV sales. He has never refused to fight in a specific venue. Im not saying Anderson cant be disappointed, but get over it and go fight. Dont sit there and throw a hissy fit because the fight has to be moved.
Anderson wants to fight in Brazil because of his brand you are just hating. He also accepted this fight on the condition that it will be in Brazil and now the UFC is going back on that he deserves compensation.
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Don't matter where...but something about Goldberg announcing "we're here live at the SOLD OUT MGM" that generates so much buzz for me.

It's time...
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Not an apples to apples comparison.

Sonnen does what he does for his brand and to help promote fights and to be honest he is very smart about it and it will lead to more PPV sales. He has never refused to fight in a specific venue. Im not saying Anderson cant be disappointed, but get over it and go fight. Dont sit there and throw a hissy fit because the fight has to be moved.
If he was being smart about it wouldn't he come up with a new gimmick? Or at least a new line every now and then?

It's getting old, really
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I can't believe the UFC didn't manage to plan around a friggin UN conference... Seems like this was all just a bait and switch to hype up the fight.
I think the whole thing was staged from day 1 as well.... Really the UFC didn't know about a United Nations meeting..Get Real?!?!? They used the whole Chael going to Brazil for Media Hype...Chael and the UFC Pussed out..and the fight is now in the States...
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Anderson wants to fight in Brazil because of his brand you are just hating. He also accepted this fight on the condition that it will be in Brazil and now the UFC is going back on that he deserves compensation.
What? Why does Anderson need to fight in Brazil to help his brand/ To be more popular with the Brazilians?

And the UFC tried to have the fight in Brazil, then a problem occured and they could'nt. Its not like the UFC just said screw it were not having this fight in Brazil.

They are doing what is best for the UFC and probobly everyone else.

Anderson is going to argue and squeeze as much money out of a company that has already given him the oppertunity to become rich and famouse? And Im sure he was already being paid handsomely for this fight.
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