The UFC’s return to Brazil after a 13-year absence for UFC 134 is already sold out. Company officials announced that the event sold out in 74 minutes.
“We couldn’t wait to host our first-ever UFC event in Brazil’s biggest city,” UFC President Dana White stated when announcing the event last December. “Brazilians have given so much to the growth of this sport. I’m excited that we can give back to the country that has given us so many great fighters. From Royce Gracie and Vitor Belfort to ‘Shogun’ Rua, Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo, these fighters are all champions and are so proud of their roots. It’s time for us to bring a live UFC event here and show the people of Brazil how much this sport has grown.”
The last — and only — time the UFC held an event in Brazil was back in October 1998 for UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil, which took place at Ginasio da Portuguesa in Sao Paulo. Then-UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock successfully defended his title by defeating John Lober in the main event, while Vitor Belfort defeated Wanderlei Silva in only 44 seconds on the undercard.
UFC Rio, or UFC 134, will take place on August 27th from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will be headlined by a UFC middleweight championship bout between reigning king Anderson Silva and top contender Yushin Okami.