Brazilian magazine / website Tatame has been taking advantage of having the UFC in it’s neck of the rainforest by breaking some pretty big stories. Yesterday we teased at the possibility of Anderson Silva on the first big FOX show. Now Tatame claims it’s got reliable sources saying that’s the plan:
Anderson Silva will put his belt on the line this Saturday, but the organization is already thinking on his next title defense. According to sources close to the situation, the middleweight champion is in talks with the UFC to fight Dan Henderson at UFC’s first show on FOX, scheduled to November 12, in California.
Sources also indicated that if Henderson didn’t agree to move down to middleweight months after a heavyweight showdown against Fedor Emelianenko, Chael Sonnen is the option to replace him against Silva.
They followed that report up by interviewing Lorenzo Fertitta:
We reported this Monday that Anderson Silva could put his middleweight title on the line against Dan Henderson, one he beats Yushin Okami…
I would love to do that. Anderson just needs a win.
Also in that interview: a conversation about future shows in 2012. In addition to Lorenzo promising 4 Brazilian shows in 2012 (take all international aspirations by Zuffa execs and cut them in half to figure out what’s probably going to happen), he also mentioned a meeting in Manus. What’s in Manus, you ask? The 100,000 person ‘Sambodromo’
According to several Brazilian newspapers, on Tuesday, Zuffa co-owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta met with Omar Aziz, the governor of Amazonas, and his deputy Jose Melo, among others. There, the group discussed a possible August 2012 date for the UFC that could nearly double the UFC’s previous record attendance.
According to the reports, the event would be held at Manaus’ Convention Center — popularly called “Sambódromo.” The sprawling, outdoor venue is over 400 meters long and can hold a capacity of over 100,000.
“The opportunity to realize the UFC in Manaus and bring home some of the great fighters who are from this region is something that makes us very excited,” Lorenzo Fertitta said.
I’m glad Dana White got over his fear of stadiums. Now we’ll have to see if he can conquer his fear of the outdoors. They’ve done the Skydome and they’ve done outdoors in the Middle East. But if they keep rolling the dice sooner or later they’re going to have a major event in a thunderstorm. And as cool as that sounds, I think in practice it might end up causing a few tiny problems.