Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to stage an event in
Brazil on Oct. 25, according to a report from
Globo.com this week.
The report stems from comments made by Mario Celso Petraglia,
chairman of Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A soccer team Atletico
Paranaense, following annual club meetings, where he revealed the
The event would reportedly take place at Joaquim Americo Guimaraes
Stadium, commonly known as Arena da Baixada, in Curitiba, Brazil.
While UFC officials have yet to confirm the event, Petraglia stated
that an announcement is imminent. The arena has a capacity of
43,981, but with added floor seating on the grass, Petraglia said
the stadium could house in excess of 50,000 fans.
UFC President Dana White has publicly expressed his interest in
holding events inside stadiums but has remained cautious due to the
unpredictability of weather. Arena da Baixada is set to receive a
retractable roof by October, thus making it an attractive venue for
an MMA event.