At times tonight UFC 134 at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro was almost deafening as the Brazilian fans cheered on their favorites while spontaneously breaking out into soccer-style chants and mexican waves.
Nobody is in a better position to judge the crowd than UFC President Dana White, and so impressed was he by the noise they were generating that even before the main card had began he was already declaring the Rio crowd the most vocal ever in his time with the promotion.
“The loudest crowd EVER in the last 10 years of UFC events. Place was packed for the first fight like it was the main event. It’s INSANE,” White wrote on Twitter prior to the final prelims airing on Spike TV.
Nothing he saw in the remaining fights on the card changed his mind and at the post-fight press conference he reiterated that this was the loudest crowd he’d ever experienced – some going given that just a few months ago he played host to 55,000 fans at UFC 129 in Toronto, Canada.
White also joked that they may start doing an event every weekend in Brazil given how well this evening’s show went.
While that’s not going to happen he did confirm that they will be opening up a Brazilian office of the UFC in the near future as they have done in other key markets such as Canada, the UK and Asia.