UFC 212: Largest Brazilian UFC event
UFC 212 was a very successful night for the UFC, as the world’s largest MMA promotion drew it’s best attendance for any event held in the country of Brazil.
A crowd of 15,412 packed the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to watch the main event of Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway for the undisputed UFC featherweight championship. Holloway shocked the MMA community and brought members of the audience to tears when he earned a TKO win over Aldo in the third round.
The Aldo vs. Holloway bout was named Fight of the Night. Performance bonuses went out to Claudia Gadelha and Brian Kelleher. All four will receive a $50,000 bonus.
Gadelha was victorious in the co-main event, submitting Karolina Kowalkiewicz via rear-naked choke in the first round of their fight — a battle of the top two women’s strawweight contenders. Gadelha is likely to get the next shot at champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Kelleher delivered his own surprising blow to the Brazilian crowd, submitting Eduardo Herdy in just 1:48 to win his UFC debut. The crowd viciously booed the Long Island native during his post-fight interview. This is Kelleher’s seventh consecutive win in his pro MMA career, and his second straight via guillotine choke submission.
As mentioned during the UFC 212 post-fight press conference, the promotion will return to Brazil in October, likely in Sao Paulo, though nothing is official as of yet.