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Rio headliner moved to Las Vegas

Updated: April 24, 2012, 2:46 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva will defend his title for the second time against top contender Chael Sonnen on July 7 at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, promotion president Dana White said Tuesday.

The fight was originally planned for UFC 147 on June 23 in Rio de Janeiro. But UFC has yet to secure a venue for the event, which prompted it to move the fight to the United States.

"We wanted to do the fight here (Brazil) in a soccer stadium," White said at a news conference in Rio. "First ...

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