Let the speculation over UFC 147′s location end.
After a United Nations convention in Rio forced the UFC to change the original venue, the UFC announced that UFC 147 will still take place on June 23 in Brazil. Specifically, Estádio Jornalista Felipe Drumond – commonly referred to as the “Mineirinho” Arena – in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais will house the event.
Mineirinho Arena is the largest indoor arena in Brazil, capable of holding 25,000 people at full capacity.
Needless to say, the UFC is pretty excited about booking the venue. In a press release sent out by the UFC, UFC Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik issued the following statement: “It is great for our fans and for the UFC to be able to stage events in new parts of Brazil. The UFC is exploding everywhere in the country and Minas Gerais, being the third biggest state in the country, seemed like the perfect place for this.”
UFC 147 will mark the first time that the promotion held an event in Brazil outside of Rio de Janeiro since UFC Brazil was held in Sao Paulo on October 16, 1998.
Unsurprisingly, the event will be heavy on Brazilian talent. With Silva vs. Sonnen II being moved to UFC 148, UFC 147 will now be headlined by a fight between TUF Brazil coaches Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. The pair initially met at the aforementioned UFC Brazil, as Vitor Belfort knocked out Wanderlei Silva in only 44 seconds. A heavyweight bout between Fabricio Werdum and Mike Russow, as well as the Middleweight and Featherweight Tournament finales from TUF Brazil, are also officially a go for UFC 147.