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UFC Announces Three Canadian Bouts For '12 In Calgary, Toronto, Montreal
Published March 22, 2012
READY FOR RIO: ESPN.com’s Okamoto noted a UFC middleweight bout between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is “poised to become the biggest fight in company history.” White yesterday “revealed the promotion's plans to host a June meeting between the two inside a soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro.” Officials have not confirmed which venue would serve as host, but “Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange, also known as Engenhao, is one possible destination.” The event “figures to break the company's attendance records last set at UFC 129 in April 2011.” That event, held at Rogers Centre in Toronto, drew “a crowd of 55,724 and pulled a live gate of $12.075 million.” White estimated that the Rio fight “could draw as many as 80,000” (ESPN.com, 3/21).