Dana White Confirms Sao Paulo Soccer Stadium as Possible Next Destination for UFC in Brazil
After the success of UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami, and the anticipation of today’s UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendez, UFC president Dana White announced that he will take the organization to Sao Paulo for an event slated in June.
The Sao Paulo venue will be the third time in less than a year that the UFC has hosted an event in Brazil. While the UFC has hosted fights in Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena, Sao Paulo is the hometown of many Brazilian fighters such as Anderson Silva, Demian Maia, Charles Oliveira, Luiz Cane and Rafael Cavalcante.
“It looks like it’s probably going to be a stadium show,” said Dana to MMAjunkie.com.
Sao Paulo’s largest stadium, Sao Paulo Arena, may not be a possible site for the new UFC event, as the arena is undergoing construction for the 2014 World Cup. However, there are still other stadiums in Sao Paulo which could still hold thousands of attendees.
UFC heavyweight belt holder Junior Dos Santos has voiced on MMAjunkie.com Radio that he would like to fight in the June event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alternatively, Dana White leaned towards the more likely possibility of Dos Santos fighting in the U.S., as “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” finale will probably take place in Sao Paulo. If Vitor Belfort does not sustain any drastic injuries in tonight’s fight against Anthony Johnson, he will next fight Wanderlei Silva in June as the show’s coach vs. coach final faceoff.