Dana White On Getting Chael Sonnen In And Out Of Brazil Safely


The Ultimate Fighting Championships took their one man comedy act Chael Sonnen on the road to Brazil for the UFC 147 press conference earlier this week. UFC President Dana White details the safety measures the UFC took to get the middleweight contender in and out of Brazil without harm.

“With the stuff he said and everything else, we made sure we had proper security … We had seven guys with us who do this for a living. We mapped out the whole route. We literally landed at the airport in Rio, went through customs, then jumped on helicopters that took us right through to the hotel. I came in the front door and we put him through the side door, had him in a holding room.”

When a post-press conference media scrum with Sonnen starting going south, said White, they knew it was time to get the mouthy middleweight from Oregon out the door.

“We did a scrum with him, the reporters were getting really aggressive. Someone got him with a shock pen, all kinds of stuff like that. He went out the side door, I went out the front door, we got back in the helicopters, got him back through customs, got him on a plane, and got him out of there.” [MMAFighting]

Safety is a good thing, when you repeatedly bashed a countries sports hero and insulted the country as a whole.

Luckily the UFC wont have to do that again anytime soon, as Silva vs. Sonnen II was moved to UFC 148 in Las Vegas.

Lets take a look back at one of Chael’s classic interviews on Brazil.


  1. Ron Pauly

    April 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I don't know what the UFC is worried about. Chael P. Sonnen is not afraid of Brazil!

  2. G.B.Hamerick

    April 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    If Ra chael ever goes to Brazil he won't have to worry about being choked out he will just have to worry about face recognition. The dicator took him to Brazil with the hopes of being able to still have that match with silva in Brazil. Why would he even put this guys life in jeopardy like that. He had to know it would be a problem with all the security he took and helicopters to the hotel the dicator is really stupid.

    • Ron Pauly

      April 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Thumbs up for using dicator B)

  3. kevin

    April 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

    This one will be interesting. Sonnen without roids and Silva with healthy ribs?

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