UFC Continues Their Heavy Scheduling of Events in Brazil

Published on November 10th, 2015 10:52 pm EST

Earlier this week, UFC Brazil General Manager and Senior Vice President Giovani Decker revealed that the promotion will be making its next stop in Brazil at UFC 197 on March 5th, 2016.

The event, which will be a numbered PPV card, will take place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The last time that the UFC visited Rio de Janeiro, "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey knocked out Bethe Correia less than one minute into the first round of their fight. This was the card that officially cemented Rousey as the UFC's single biggest draw, as the PPV ended up doing a total of 900,000 buys.

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The UFC will obviously want to put a Brazilian born fighter in the main event of this card, so there are a couple of interesting possibilities.

To start, Anderson "The Spider" Silva will be finished with his suspension in March, so there is the possibility that he makes his return at UFC 197. Silva has certainly seen his popularity decline since his fight against Nick Diaz, however, so Silva might be better served fighting in the co-main event of a card instead.

Another possibility? Fabricio Werdum defending his Heavyweight title against Cain Velasquez. I consider this as a very remote possibility, as the UFC has already want that they want to do the next Heavyweight fight in Las Vegas. This would mean that THREE straight Heavyweight title fights would be taking place outside of the United States, which I can't see the UFC getting behind.

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In short, the rabid Brazilian fans will be getting another numbered UFC card in just a couple of months.


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