The UFC‘s plans to hold a pay-per-view event in Rio de Janeiro have been cancelled. The company originally planned to hold UFC 197 in Brazil on March 5th, and had booked an Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort rematch for the show.
Anderson Silva, who would’ve headlined the event, revealed news of the cancellation on a conference call on Tuesday.
“(The plan) was to have me fighting in Brazil against I don’t know who,” Silva said, “but with this situation going on in Brazil, economically and everything, the UFC decided to abort this event for now.”
We should have more details on this soon, including a statement from the UFC. Silva will instead fight Michael Bisping in London for UFC Fight Pass on February 27.