UFC Planning 2012 Return to Brazil, Possibly Manaus’ 100,000 Seat Venue

During his promotional tour for the upcoming UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami event going down this Saturday, August 27th, 2011, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UFC President Dana White has shown his decision not to do a stadium show for the promotion’s return to the country.

Tickets sold out in 74 minutes for the HSBC Arena, which is configured to hold 14,000 fans on fight night. However, according to White, the demand was as high as 350,000 people, so the UFC’s most recent plan to return to Brazil in 2012 and hold an event at the Convention Center of Manaus in Amazonas. Known as the “Sambodromo,” the gigantic outdoor venue has the capacity to hold up to and over 100,000 spectators.

UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, speaking at a recent press conference, said:

“The opportunity to bring the UFC to Manaus and to the home of some of our great fighters makes us so excited. Our expectation is that Manaus will set a new attendance record, with 100,000 people watching the show.”

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