Following a successful 74 minute sell-out of the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for UFC 134, and the large masses welcoming the organization, the UFC would like to make Brazil another second home as they have with Canada. Already the execs at the UFC has hinted at doing the Manaus Stadium with over 100,000 seating capacity in their next visit. Not only that, there is already a plan to return four times in 2012.
“We haven’t laid the schedule out completely. We think we can come back here maybe four times next year. Maybe it’s two big shows, maybe it’s a couple or three Fight Night shows showcasing the younger Brazilian talent here. There’s so many fighters from Brazil that we want to come down here, be permanent. We don’t want to have a situation where we just come in and then we leave for two years. We want to have an ongoing business here.”
The comments make sense as the UFC has announced that with there new Fox partners, they will be putting on numerous more events. Of course there is many other nations that have been calling for a UFC return or debut, and one of them is the U.K.
“Part of the issue is that we’ve struggled not with the popularity in the UK. We have a huge fanbase. We do very well with selling tickets there but we’ve had a hard time getting a television deal that makes sense for us. We’ve got to move our business around to where it makes the most sense. We’re not in any way abandoning them. We’re coming back to England in November. We’re having multiple dates in Europe next year as well so it’s just trying to balance where our supply and demand is.”
Many in the press have began to question, with the UFC looking to go abroad more and more, does this mean less cards for the States? The UFC headquarters is still located in Las Vegas, and still shows to be the biggest ticket sales with little overhead.