Good news for Brazilian MMA fans, it’s been announced that August 27th’s UFC 134: Rio event will air free and live on Rede TV! in Brazil.

The UFC are returning to Brazil after over a decade’s absence, and the timing couldn’t be better after a sudden increase in interest in the sport having occured recently due to the UFC 126 main event between Brazilian stars Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.

That became a must-see fight in the country on pay-per-view, mainly due to Belfort enjoying celebrity status in the region due to his stint on the Brazilian version of the ‘Big Brother’ show some years ago, and the fact that he is married to a famous Brazilian model Joano Prado.

Of course Silva ended up stealing the show with his jaw-dropping front kick KO of Belfort, and he’s since become an in-demand personality, making regular TV appearances and featuring in national newspapers and magazines.

Speaking after the Silva Vs Belfort fight in February the UFC’s Marshall Zelaznik appeared excited about the future growth potential of the sport in Brazil, stating his belief that it could become one of the sports biggest regions alongside other major markets like the U.S, Canada, Australia and the UK.

With Silva headlining the UFC: Rio event, and other major Brazilian stars like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua also featuring on the card, there’s sure to be a big demand to watch this event, and the fact it’s going to be airing live could send the popularity of the sport soaring to new heights here.