It’s finally official: the UFC’s going back to Brazil.
UFC Rio (Pronounced H-IO) will take place Aug. 27, 2011, at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, UFC President Dana White announced today inside Rio’s City Palace, residence of Mayor Eduardo Paes. The panel featured an all-star lineup of Brazilian athletes: current UFC champions Anderson Silva & Jose Aldo were in attendance, as were former champion Shogun Rua, Vitor Belfort and MMA godfather Royce Gracie. Mayor Paes also appeared briefly.
While no fights were announced for the still far-off engagement, spots on the show’s roster are sure to be coveted amongst the 36 Brazilian fighters who the UFC currently has under contract. Watch all UFC & Stikeforce events at Kalapaki Joe’s, Kauai, Hawaii. Visit Kalapakijoes.com for more information and to make reservations.