Unforeseen circumstances can sometimes result in happy outcomes. Take the case of UFC 147, which was scheduled to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the third week of June with Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen headlining the event.
The United Nations, however, had other ideas: they too wanted Rio’s sun-and-surf during that same week for one of their never-ending gabfests. Because of the security arrangements needed for this ‘unforeseen circumstance’, organization for as big an event as the UFC became well nigh impossible. So UFC 147 was shunted off to Minas Gerais, also in Brazil, with a new main event: Vitor Belfort versus Wanderlei Silva.
And the reason that this is a ‘happy outcome’ is that Belfort – Silva is a grudge match: Fourteen long years ago, when MMA was in its infancy, these two had met. Silva had suffered the humiliation of being knocked out inside a minute by Belfort. After over a decade he will get the chance to avenge that loss! For this reason alone UFC 147 should be eagerly anticipated by all fans.
A month before UFC 147 in Minas Gerais, UFC 146 will be held at the MGM Grand in Vegas – the 26th of this month to be precise. A story is developing in this event, and in none other than the heavyweight title bout in which champion Junior Dos Santos and challenger Frank Mir square off.
The challenger started some trash talk by questioning the champ’s wrestling skills. In a video posted on YouTube, he says: “[Dos Santos] has no chance of winning the fight if it goes to the ground. . . . he’s a throw-punches-and-run kinda guy.” Not exactly respectful of a champion. Dos Santos, however, was much more guarded in his comments and it is clear that he is treating Mir’s challenge seriously. But he got in with a jab: “[Mir’s] a fighter that talks too much. His style of promoting fights is to just talk a lot.” That observation is probably very close to the truth!
In reality, though, it is just irrelevant whether or not Dos Santos does or doesn’t engage on the mat. If he has fists of stone and feet to match, and can take care of Mir from a distance, well, that’s his prerogative. If Mir can get close and force a down-and-dirty struggle, more power to him. As much as one anticipates UFC 147, perhaps UFC 146 has just become a wee bit more interesting, thanks to Mir’s trash talking!