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  • UFC Announces Plans To Host First Event In Brazil Since '98

    UFC yesterday announced that it will host a PPV card Aug. 27 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena, marking the “first UFC event in Brazil in nearly 13 years,” according to Kevin Iole of YAHOO SPORTS. UFC President Dana White said that “many of the 36 Brazilian fighters on the company’s roster would compete on the show.” He said that UFC’s “interest in Brazil intensified after Rio de Janeiro landed the 2016 Summer Olympics.” White yesterday from Rio said, “The economy is doing extremely well down here. The fact that these guys got the Olympics, the (2014) World Cup and all these big events, it just made sense.” UFC “plans to have the card start at its normal time in the U.S., which is 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.” White said that he “didn’t know who would fight on the card, but said it would be a major one.” White added that HSBC Arena, which “will be a host for Olympic events in 2016, will be configured to seat around 13,000.” He added that he “expects tickets to go on sale for the event in May.” White also noted that the Feb. 27 UFC 127 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia, has “already sold out.” He said that “more than 18,000 tickets sold in a matter of a few hours” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 12/15).

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