With business booming for the UFC in Brazil after a sudden surge in interest in the sport and two very successful shows the promotion have been working on plans to deliver a stadium sized show for the region.
It’s been known for some time that the long awaited Anderson Silva Vs Chael Sonnen rematch was the fight that they wanted to headline a show of that magnitude, but until now it had been believed that Sao Paulo was the city they were targeting, but according to Dana White that’s no longer the case.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday White revealed that they are still retaining the idea of doing the event in a soccer stadium, but it’s now Rio De Janeiro that will play host to this historic spectacle.
According to the UFC president the stadium they have earmarked would be able to hold up to 80,000 fans, and if they could get even close to filling that then it would smash the previous record set by UFC 129 in Toronto last year which drew 55,724 fans.
There chances of drawing such a crowd are good given that the heated rivarly between Silva and Sonnen has been well documented in Brazil, particularly thanks to the challenger’s rather unkind remarks about the country.
In addition, it’s believed that the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva, will also compete on the card alongside the finalists of the show which begins airing on Sunday.
It’s not been officially announced as yet, but June 16th is the date set aside for these fights which will form part of the UFC 147 card.