UFC LogoWhen the UFC headed back to Brazil in 2011, they new it would be a big move, but even company officials have been blown away by just how big.

The UFC is currently drawing as many as 30 to 40 million viewers for some of its programming in Brazil, as noted by the UFC’s Marshall Zelaznik at Thursday’s UFC 153 pre-fight press conference. As he put it, those numbers are “staggering” when you consider a big number in the United States is three, four, or five million.

On the strength of such Brazilian interest, the UFC has returned to Rio de Janeiro three times in just 14 months with no slowing in ticket sales.

The UFC was intending to do a stadium show over the summer in Brazil with the rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. Several different elements, however, came together to force a move of that fight to the U.S. and the move of the Brazilian event to an arena.

Zelaznik on Thursday confirmed that the UFC is still committed to a stadium show in Brazil and is actively working towards one in 2013.

“We’re confident if we held an event in any stadium in Brazil, it would be a success,” said Zelaznik.

“We’ve got some work to do,” he added, but indicated that they are targeting the third or fourth quarter of 2013 to make another run at a stadium event in Brazil.

“I think there’s a real appetite here. I just think it’s a real fever here in Brazil.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for more UFC news and updates.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Chael Sonnen trashes Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao bout

  • 20 days ago
  • 146 views

The self-proclaimed gangster from Oregon blasts boxing's 'Fight of the Century' on Facebook. Not every combat sports enthusiast is counting down the hours until boxing's mega-fight between Floyd Mayw read news >>

Morning Report: Chael Sonnen says only 'a punk' would wear Jones Jones' championship belt without beating him

  • 22 days ago
  • 171 views

Chael Sonnen is certainly no stranger to the legal process. The former UFC contender is serving a two-year suspension for testing positive for banned substances, but argues now former light heavyweig read news >>

Chanel Sonnen’s advice to Jon Jones on how to get over with fans

  • 22 days ago
  • 22 views

For retired fighter turned media pundit Chael Sonnen, there’s the script most people read from when atoning for a mistake, and there’s the one that best suits this game of cage fighting (which, of co read news >>

Chael Sonnen 'confused' by UFC punishment of Jon Jones: 'If you part ways with a guy, cut him completely'

  • 23 days ago
  • 182 views

"I'm a little bit confused by it. You have to do something, you have to take some kind of action, I support that. But I don't fully know what it means to strip a guy of his belt. What do you do with read news >>

Jon Jones Warned by Dana White over Future as Chael Sonnen Queries UFC Sanction

  • 23 days ago
  • 33 views

UFC President Dana White has admitted Jon Jones has "got some work to do" after being suspended by the organisation for his part in an alleged hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a b read news >>

Olympics 2016: Anderson Silva's Taekwondo dreams could vanish if NSAC issues lengthy suspension

  • 23 days ago
  • 5 views

This interesting situation just got a bit more interesting ... Anderson Silva is temporarily suspended from mixed martial arts (MMA) after failing multiple drug tests for steroids in the wake of his read news >>

Chael Sonnen on Jon Jones: 'You either cut the guy completely or shut up'

  • 23 days ago
  • 123 views

Chael Sonnen doesn't agree with the UFC's decision of simply taking away Jon Jones' belt. He believes something more drastic should've been done or nothing at all. Most people think the decision to s read news >>

Anderson Silva subject to out-of-competition testing in taekwondo tournaments

  • 23 days ago
  • 12 views

Anderson Silva is willing to get "embarrassed" while trying out for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but the former UFC middleweight champion will also be subject to random, out-of-competition dr read news >>

Rampage Jackson reacts to Anderson Silva's failed UFC drug tests: 'I wished it wasn't true'

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

Jackson, though, made it clear that he still looks up to "The Spider" despite his recent transgressions. When news broke that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Anders read news >>