This week the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced two locations that will hold fights in the coming year. With a current company objective to expand the organization internationally, both of these events will take place outside of US borders.
First, UFC 131 will be hosted in Toronto, Canada on April 30. Ontario recently legalized MMA this past August and this will be the first time the organization holds an event in the area. To go along with the fights held on Saturday, a two day fan expo will occur on April 29 and 30. With the UFC set to hold UFC 124 in Canada this weekend, the Toronto debut will be the sixth time the organization travels to “hockey country”.
Speculation has also hit high pitch this week about the Ultimate Fighting Championship returning to Brazil. The UFC has not held an event in this country since 1998 and the plans are to hold another fight card there as soon as possible. UFC President Dana White had to quash rumors of a November 2011 card set in the South American country .
“It’s too early to tell,” White said. “We’re obviously interested in Brazil and bringing a fight down there, but we don’t know yet.”
A press conference has been scheduled in the country on December 15th in which many people believe that White will announce a UFC event in Brazil. White was accompanied on the trip by UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC champions, Anderson Silva, Mauricio Rua, and Jose Aldo. UFC veteran Vitor Belfort and Hall of Famer Royce Gracie as also rumored to be in attendance at the press conference.
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