Since the enormous success of UFC Rio in August the powers that be at Zuffa have made their interest in investing in Brazil clear including plans for filling a 100,000 seat soccer stadium and launching an Ultimate Fighter in the South American nation.
Now it appears the UFC could be heading back to Brazil in a few months. Though nothing official has been announced, longtime referee Mario Yamasaki recently went on Twitter to mention January 14 in specific for the organization’s return.
If such is the case Vitor Belfort wants in on the action, saying, “Fighting for the Brazilian people would be a dream come true, to feel that vibe. I’m sure the Brazilian people will love it,” in an interview with Tatame.
As for an opponent Belfort made it clear Chael Sonnen was still on his a mind, a fight potentially making sense given Anderson Silva’s reluctance to offer Sonnen another title-shot after only winning a single time since being finished in their original meeting.
The UFC’s previous visit to Brazil featured a number of highlight-reel moments including Silva’s successful defense against Yushin Okami, Mauricio Rua dominating fellow former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, and MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira knocking out TUF 10 finalist Brendan Schaub.
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