That attendance record set in Canada earlier this year by the UFC could get shattered by next year already.
UFC co-owner and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta announced on Tuesday that the promotion is planning a trip to the Brazilian capital of Manaus in 2012.
The show is expected to take place in the Convention Center of Manaus – the city’s sambadrome – which has the capacity to hold 100,000 spectators.
“The opportunity to bring the UFC to Manaus and to the home of some of our great fighters makes us so excited,” Fertitta said during a press conference. “Our expectation is that Manaus will set a new attendance record, with 100,000 people watching the show.”
The UFC set a live attendance record in April at UFC 129 when 55,000 people watched Georges St-Pierre defend his UFC welterweight title against Jake Shields in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Manaus is Brazil’s seventh-largest city, with a population of just over 1.8 million.
State Governor Omar Aziz, who was also at the press conference, was convinced the UFC can help broaden the view of Manaus to the world.
“Imagine all those people from all around the world getting to know Manaus and Amazonas,” Aziz said. “This will build a huge legacy for our city. Jose Aldo and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza are two great fighters from here, and (the event) will bring more (fan) interest for us. Not long ago, Amazonas was the second-largest jiu-jitsu hotspot in Brazil. We hope to develop partnerships with businessmen and media vehicles to make the show a success.”
UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami takes place this Saturday from Rio de Janeiro and the HSBC Arena, which seats 14,000 people. The event sold out in a matter of minutes, prompting the quick return to Brazil.
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