The UFC will return to the country of Brazil for the first time since October 17th, 1998 later this year. UFC 134: Rio is scheduled for August 27th in the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, and the UFC is clearly stockpiling the card with popular Brazilian fighters. The top two fights are both rematches, with middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his UFC middleweight title against the last man to earn a win over him, Yushin Okami. The other top matchup has former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua looking to avenge a loss in his first UFC fight at the hands of another former champion, Forrest Griffin.
"We couldn’t wait to host our first-ever UFC event in Brazil’s biggest city," said White. "Brazilians have given so much to the growth of this sport. I’m excited that we can give back to the country that has given us so many great fighters. From Royce Gracie and Vitor Belfort to "Shogun" Rua, Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo, these fighters are all champions and are so proud of their roots. It’s time for us to bring a live UFC event here and show the people of Brazil how much this sport has grown."
Aug 27th, live on Pay-per-view from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (19-5) vs. Forrest Griffin (18-6)
Edson Barboza (8-0) vs. Ross Pearson (12-4)
Luiz Cane (11-3) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (11-0)
Maiquel Falcao (26-3) vs. Tom Lawlor (7-3)
Spencer Fisher (24-7) vs. Thiago Tavares (15-4-1)
Alexandre Ferreira (18-6) vs. Rousimar Palhares (12-3)
David Mitchell (11-1) vs. Paulo Thiago (12-3)