While there was Brazilian media reporting just under a week ago that the UFC could possibly be forced to relocate UFC 147, it now appears that we can put that whole situation to rest as the UFC will be holding a press conference in Brazil this morning to confirm the location. The event, which is set to feature the highly anticipated rematch between Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva, was originally planned for Sao Paulo, Brazil but issues with noise regulations and the late hour required to broadcast the show live in the United States forced the card out of the city.
A second snag had arisen when Brazil reportedly became a bit uncertain about the UFC being in town at the same time as the United Nations conference, but this tweet from Dana White seems to put that all to rest:
It will be good once they finally put this scheduling nightmare behind them and can focus on the fight.
Edit: As pointed out by some, the tweet could be read to indicate that they're going to confirm Silva vs. Sonnen and then announce some different fights for Brazil. If that is the case, I apologize for misreading the tweet.
Correction: It looks like I misinterpreted the tweet earlier. As explained in this post, the fight will be announced for UFC 148 in Las Vegas on July 7. My apologies for any confusion.
With the issues affecting the UFC 146 card after Alistair Overeem's failed drug test making marketing that show difficult, one would think the UFC was ready for the easy sell that was the Silva vs. Sonnen rematch. But without a confirmed location and the bout not being officially signed, the early promotion for the June 23 show was held up. Luckily, there is still plenty of time before the show and more than enough time to promote, sell tickets and everything else that goes into making an event click.
This is also an important show because 146 is not a guaranteed big seller with Overeem out and UFC 148 doesn't have a big headlining fight yet, although Dan Henderson made it clear that he wants to be a part of that show with his title challenge against Jon Jones.