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Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen set

Updated: March 26, 2012, 7:01 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva will defend his title June 23 against top contender Chael Sonnen in Rio de Janeiro, UFC announced Monday.

The bout will headline UFC 147 at Joao Havelange Stadium, a soccer venue that is expected to accommodate the largest crowd ever for a UFC event.

A record crowd of 55,724 filled Rogers Centre in Toronto on April 30 to witness welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre retain his title against former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields at UFC 129.

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