The UFC team will be racking up a record number of frequent flyer miles with a January event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a February show in Saitama, Japan, and, apparently, a March visit to Sydney, Australia for UFC 145. Though nothing has been confirmed yet, if things unfold as planned the festivities will mark the third year in a row the UFC has set up camp in the land of kangaroos and koalas during the first-quarter of the calendar.
News of the likely lineup, rumored for March 4, was first reported by MMAJunkie while citing sources close to the negotiations. Also mentioned was the possibility of Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann taking place on the main card.
The UFC’s previous stints in Australia included UFC 110 and UFC 127 with the former featuring Cain Velasquez’s coming out party against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and the latter remembered for BJ Penn fighting to a draw with Jon Fitch.
With George Sotiropoulos and Mark Hunt already scheduled for action in late February neither regional talent is expected to compete at UFC 145 though Kyle Noke certainly seems to be a realistic possibility.