12-15-2010, 09:07 AM
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| | UFC returning to Brazil, headed to Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on Aug. 27
UFC returning to Brazil, headed to Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on Aug. 27 |
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Dec 15, 2010 at 11:05 am ET
For the first time in nearly 13 years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is headed to Brazil.
Today during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, UFC officials and a host of Brazilian fighters announced the organization's 2011 return to the city.
Following weeks of rumors about the show, UFC president Dana White today confirmed the organization will host a "major" pay-per-view card on Aug. 27 at the 18,000-seat HSBC Arena.
"This is another historic day for the UFC," White said.
Joining White in making the announcement were UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes, UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie, and current UFC fighters Anderson Silva, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Jose Aldo and Vitor Belfort.
Officials haven't announced any specific fights for the event, and it's too soon to know how it'll be numbered. But White promises it'll be a major event with some of the organization's top fighters, including a lineup that could be populated primarily by Brazilian-born fighters. According to White, the organization currently has 36 Brazilians under contract.
The UFC's first and only event in the South American country took place in October 1998. The show, "UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil" (also known as UFC 17.5), took place at Ginasio da Portuguesa in Sao Paulo. Middleweight champ Frank Shamrock defended his belt with a submission win over John Lober in the headliner, and Pat Miletich scored a split-decision win over Mikey Burnett to become the organization's first lightweight champ. (The title later became the welterweight championship.)
Since the UFC's current ownership group, Zuffa LLC, purchased the organization in early 2001, White often has been asked about the possibility of a return to Brazil. Over the years, the answers have ranged from possible to likely. But in the past year, with the country's economy booming and a continued influx of Brazilian fighters to the UFC's roster, White and other executives made the possibility of a return to Brazil sound like a foregone conclusion.
Now with an event officially on the books, the organization will look to build a foundation in the country. That could mean return trips to Brazil, which hosts the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, in the future.
For the latest on the UFC in Brazil card, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
Well there it is. Lots of Brazilian legends they can pack this with obviously
12-15-2010, 09:27 AM
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I think this will pretty much end up being a brazilian super card, because I'm sure alot of Brazilian guys would love a chance to fight at home for the first time in a long time. I know Wandy has said he would want to be on the card. I'm sure they'll put at least 1 title fight involving a brazilian, and probably another brazilian with a big name like one of the Nogs or JDS. Plus we could definetly see some other guys like Dos Anjos and Falcao fight, and maybe even something like Arona's UFC debut. I think an important factor here is that Rio isn't nearly as far ahead in time, so they might still be able to make the fights like on PPV at the regular time in the states, which would mean they'd be on at like 9 or 10 in Brazil. I think the tape delayed PPVs are pretty bad for business, so they probably would be more willing to load up this card if they thought it would get good buys.
Keep in mind, the UFC always tries to load up their cards with local guys when they leave the States, but Brazil is the only country outside the states that can really stack a card by themselves.
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