When the UFC returns to Brazil next year they plan to return in a very big way.
Thought 55,000 fans at the Rogers Centre in Toronto was big? Try 100,000 at the Convention Center of Manaus in the Amazonas state capital.
The promotion is targeting Manaus — the Amazonas state capital — for a show in 2012. Zuffa CEO Lorenzo Fertitta announced the news on Tuesday following a meeting with state Governor Omar Aziz, Frank Fertitta III and the United States’ Brazilian ambassador, Clifford Sobel.
The show is expected to go down in at the Convention Center of Manaus — the city’s sambadrome — which has the capacity to hold 100,000 spectators.
“The opportunity to bring the UFC to Manaus and to the home of some of our great fighters makes us so excited,” Fertitta stated at the press conference. “Our expectation is that Manaus will set a new attendance record, with 100,000 people watching the show.”
Holy smokes, that’s major college football numbers right there. If the UFC is able to hit 100,000 in Manaus, it would set a new all-time MMA attendance record. The record currently stands at 91,107 for a PRIDE/K-1 show in 2002, but many believed that number was inflated.
The big show is expected to go down next year in either July or August and would likely feature Jose Aldo who’s from Manaus.