By the end of the year, 10 shows will have come out of South America. Brazil will have the most with seven cards. Next year, the promotion will continue to expand as 13 shows are going to occur.
“There’s just so much talent in Brazil,” said White. “The fact that we have the opportunity now, with the backing of Globo and Combat TV and all the other great networks that are down here, to be able to showcase this great talent, hold these events, and not just here, but beam it all across the world, it’s so huge for this country. It’s so huge for the athletes down here.”
The UFC first visited Brazil about 15 years ago. That was before Zuffa owned the product and they wouldn’t return until UFC 134 in August 2011.
UFC Fight Night 33 is the next event from Brazil and is the final one out of South America this year. In a light heavyweight main event, there’s Vitor Belfort taking on Dan Henderson. It’s November 9 and comes from the Goiania Arena.
On February 8, the UFC comes from the Arena Jaragua. Nothing has been confirmed for that one.