Originally Posted by Matt Boone
Let's not get hollier than thou now, Silva would not out-draw a Royce return. We're a small percentage of UFC's audience now like it or hate it, and Royce Gracie is a more known name. Vanderlei can't speak english, hasn't fought in USA in a long time, and when he did he was getting demolished by Vitor Belfort and decisioned by Tito Ortiz two fights that maybe 10% of today's UFC audience would remember enough to know who Vanderlei is. In a perfect world they'd spend whatever it takes to book Chuck-Vanderlei, but Royce-Hughes is a more guaranteed thing, and a lot less risky for UFC.
i have to agree with matt the casual ufc fan is more likely to know royce than wanderlei.silva has been fighting over in japan for awile and the casual ufc fans and old fans would have recognized royce's name b4 they recognized silvas name.