In an unaired clip for Fuel TV's UFC Tonight, UFC President Dana White recently discussed the potential for a rematch between the two middleweight standouts. The takeaway: if Chael Sonnen gets past Mark Munoz at UFC on Fox 2, he'll be line to challenge for the belt on one of the biggest stages in UFC history.
"We'll see what happens," White revealed. "We're talking about doing a big fight. Obviously, if Sonnen faces Anderson Silva, that's going to be a hot ticket. People from all over the world want to see that. That fight, if that fight goes down, it'll probably happen in Brazil and probably in a soccer stadium."
Should the long-awaited rematch come to fruition, it would mark the second time the UFC has booked a stadium show, following in the record-setting footsteps of UFC 129. 55,724 fans packed Toronto's Rogers Centre that night, but UFC officials have their eyes affixed on doubling that number, having mentioned a 100,000-seat Brazilian soccer stadium several times in the past.
While no official announcement can been made until after January 28th, from the outside it appears the promotion has already locked down a timetable for the show this summer. White's coy non-denial at the UFC 139 post-fight press conference has proven to be telling.
"How's this stuff get out," the surprised president chuckled when asked if Silva would headline a large-scale Brazil card in June. "It might be. What happens is, (the media) gets all this sneaky (news) and then I say stuff at the press conference and my whole crew goes, ‘What are you doing? We didn't say anything yet!'
"I don't know. I don't know if we're going to Sau Paulo in June, and if Anderson Silva is headlining the card. Have no clue. That would be awesome though," he slyly concluded.
The unaired UFC Tonight clip can be seen below. In addition, White also discusses the UFC's travel plans for 2012, including trips to Sweden, Paris, Brazil, Japan, China and Korea.