The UFC is heading back to Brazilian soil, this according to a recent article published on GracieMag.com.
According to GracieMag, the UFC have been scouting locations for a planned November 2011 return to Brazil for months and have found a suitable arena. The officially unannounced event is apparently set to take place in Rio de Janeiro at the HSBC Arena in Barra de Tijuca.
The UFC haven’t hosted an event on South American soil since UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil back in October of 1998. That event was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil and featured the UFC debuts of Pedro Rizzo and Wanderlei Silva.
Silva would help to boost the career of one Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort, as Belfort scored a blazing 44 second knockout over Silva that would be immortalized in MMA highlight reels for years to come.
Rizzo would score a knockout over UFC throwback Tank Abbott in a heavyweight bout that acted as a de facto tournament to find a holder for Randy Couture’s relinquished title.
Other notable names that appeared on that card are Pat Miletich, and Frank Shamrock; who both won their respective bout. Jeremy Horn fought on the card and was submitted under four minutes in.
It’s a year away if these reports are true, but who would you like to see the UFC put on the card when/if they return to Brazil? Let us know in the comments section below.