UFC Targets Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Return
The UFC held its final event on March 14, 2020, before closing for a few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That final 2020 event — UFC Fight Night 170 — took place in Brasilia, Brazil, with no supporters allowed inside.
But now, the promotion is planning a visit to Brazil in May, as initially reported by Combate on Thursday.
The fight card that is slated to take place inside the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro is yet to have a Fight Night or a numbered show assigned to it, but UFC 274 is likely to be the official title.
This will be Rio de Janeiro’s 11th UFC event, with the most recent being UFC 237 in 2019. Jessica Andrade defeated Rose Namajunas in the main event of UFC 237 to win the strawweight title.
No bouts have been declared or rumored for the newly reported event.
Still, Brazilian champions Charles Oliveira and Glover Teixeira and featherweight standout Amanda Nunes are expected to take part in the promotion’s first event in the Federative Republic of Brazil since the pandemic.
Additionally, according to recent rumors, the UFC will travel to England on March 19, but UFC president Dana White emphasized that it would rely on the status of COVID-19.