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UFC planning 2012 takeover of Brazil

The UFC already has one event planned for Brazil in 2012, as UFC 142 will take place on January 14 from Rio de Janeiro.

Now, word of a May show in Brazil has been all-but confirmed by UFC president Dana White, who talked about the event at the UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida post-event press conference Saturday night.

White didn’t have much to say in regards to where the card might take place, but said the UFC is looking at holding the fights in a stadium arena, much like the Rogers Centre in Canada did in April of this year.

“How many events are we going to do in Brazil next year? Right now, what I know, we’ve got two coming up,” White said. “We’re gonna do Rio and probably another one in May.”

UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva is currently on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, but has mentioned a possible return in late spring or early summer – putting him on schedule for the May Brazilian show. Heavyweight king Junior dos Santos has also mentioned an interest in fighting in front of his countrymen this summer. White also said he is flying to Brazil on Monday to begin casting on a version of The Ultimate Fighter in Brazil.

UFC 142 will feature featherweight phenom Jose Aldo defending his divisional title against undefeated grappler Chad Mendes with other bouts including Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares and Anthony Johnson vs. Vitor Belfort.


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