The next year should be a busy one for Brazil. UFC president Dana White said that the promotion does well in Brazil based off of previous shows and TV ratings.
“Brazil is off the charts,” said White during the UFC 156 post-fight media scrum. “I want the United States to be like Brazil. Brazil is smoking everything right now.”
In 2012, the UFC held three PPVs and UFC on FX out of Brazil. They are scheduled to return on May 23 from the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium. Each PPV averaged around 16,000 fans in attendance. The FX show drew just under 10,000.
“I don’t know about [the next Brazilian event],” said White. “We got a lot of work to do down in Brazil. Lorenzo [Fertitta] is going to be living down there.”
The first show of last year saw Jose Aldo defend his featherweight championship over Chad Mendes. They returned in six months to witness Rich Franklin defeat Wanderlei Silva in a rematch.
A few months later and Anderson Silva saved UFC 153 by stepping up to face Stephan Bonnar. Silva knocked Bonnar out in the first round. The most recent FX show saw Vitor Belfort end Michael Bisping’s hope for a middleweight title shot.
Prior to last year, the UFC hosted two shows from Brazil. One was in 2011 and the other dates back to 1998.
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil debuted in March 2012. The season featured featherweight and middleweight fighters.