UFC heading to Rio de Janeiro on August 27thPosted on December 15, 2010, 10:45 AM by Joey Santosus
After nearly thirteen years, the UFC will make their return to one of the sport's founding countires, Brazil.
The revelation was made at today's press conference held at Rio de Janeiro City Hall, where White had hinted a "special announcement" would be made in the days prior. Present were many of the promotion's Brazilian stand-outs, such as Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua, Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, Pride veteran Vitor Belfort, and one of MMA's founding fathers, Royce Gracie.
While there are no official match-ups scheduled at this time, the event will take place Aug. 27th at the 18,000-seat HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, with many of the countries native fighters expected as part of the featured line-up.
The landmark event will be the UFC's first held in South America since their October 1998 "UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil," which took place at Ginasio da Portuguesa in Sao Paulo. Though the return trip was often a topic of discussion following Zuffa LLC's purchase of the company, the idea seemed no more than a dream. However, with a robust roster of Brazilian talent and the nation's bright economy, it appears to have become a reality.