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UFC Announces Long Awaited Return to Brazil August 27

Although calling the announcement  "a monumental one" may have been a bit of an overstatement, the UFC announced today at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro today that it would be returning to Brazil for the first time since Zuffa bought the organization in 2000 and only the second time ever August 27, 2011.

UFC president Dana White made the announcement of the yet-to-be named event in Rio city hall alongside Zuffa CEO Lorenzo Fertitta,  mayor Eduardo Paes and Brazilian UFC luminaries Royce Gracie, Anderson SilvaMauricio "Shogun" Rua, Vitor Belfort and Jose Aldo.

Although he would not commit to naming names of Brazilian fighters who will likely appear on the card because the event is more than eight months away and injuries may change the planned card several times between now and then, White intimated that all of the currently contracted fighters at the presser and guys like Demian Maia, Junior Dos Santos and Wanderlei Silva are all being considered for the card.


White pulled out his oft-used "the timing wasn’t right until now" line when asked why he waited so long to return to the birthplace of MMA as we know it.

During the Q&A session, the Baldfather also debunked rumors that Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen are the likely coaches for the next season of TUF and said a decision has not been made as to who will helm the two teams in Season 13.

"We have not picked the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter and there are a lot of people in the running. No, Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen is not true. They are not the coaches of this season. We’ll probably know by Friday. We’re still talking to guys and figuring it out," White explained. "I started the process on Monday. It’s gonna be a secret for a while anyway. Everybody keeps terrorizing me about who’s going to be the coaches. We won’t announce it for a while anyway, but I’m working on it and Wanderlei and Chael are not [the coaches]. That’s not true."

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stopdamadness- December 17, 2010 at 3:15 am
My question is, will they allow Vale Tudo rules
Just A Wrestler- December 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm
I WILL BE IN BRAZIL!!!!! Spending a year in Brazil to train and hang out with my Brazilian girlfriend. Life is good! Vida e boa!
LOKI- December 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm
I guarantee you that WAS the plan until Kieth Keizer flexed nuts and said Chael was inelligable because of not being able to get some BS liscenes in time becauses of his suspension.
RwilsonR- December 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm
There is plenty of time before this event happens in August. I think they should match-up Chael and Wand in the meantime, and Chael will likely win since he is strongest in Wand's weakest area. Then that sets up a Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva rematch in Brazil, and regardless of the outcome, we may really get to see if Chael loses his teeth in Brazil, just like Wand's cliche said. More likely, Chael will get knifed, kidnapped, etc. Still... could be entertaining!
cecils_pupils- December 15, 2010 at 11:31 am
I thought they were gonna announce TUF in Brazil with Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort as coaches. Sux to be wrong.
DaltonSwayze- December 15, 2010 at 11:07 am
I, for one, can't wait to hear the litany of excuses from every Brazilian fighter that loses on this card
Bruce_Buffer- December 15, 2010 at 10:49 am
Wouldnt be suprised to see Aldo on this card. He should be off the injured list by the time this event rolls around.
vaicavalo- December 15, 2010 at 10:30 am
Awesome, I'll be there for sure, can't lose an event in my country, in my city
fACE7biter- December 15, 2010 at 10:24 am
I just read today that Shogun/Evans will happen in Newark NJ in March, and Velasquez/Dos Santos is being considered for Toronto. I hope they don't plan on doing this show without a title match, Brazil deserves a big show. And Chael Vs. Wandy needs to happen as the co-main event.

Far as the TUF coaches, it'll be Faber and the winner of Cruz/Jorgenson, thats why he's waiting until Friday to announce.
Fried Taco- December 15, 2010 at 10:09 am
Do you think Dana knows it was CP that started the Wanderlei/Chael rumor?
LordCoSaX- December 15, 2010 at 10:04 am
Awww man! Chael and Wanderlei would have been perfect.
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