UFC to Return to Brazil in January 2012

Mike HodgesCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2011

Courtesy of TATAME.com
Courtesy of TATAME.com

Following the success of UFC 134, the UFC has already planned to make its return to Brazil next year. 

TATAME.com reports the company has planned to host an event in Sao Paulo on January 1st 2012. The Brazilian website also reports that UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta visited several cities within the past few weeks to hold meetings on potentially hosting a UFC event. 

According to several sources, the UFC has decided to host their next event in Sao Paulo and have already began to contact officials, managers and Brazilian fighters to prepare for their upcoming bouts. 

The UFC recently returned to Brazil to host UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year. The event showcased many of the country's prominent stars including Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who headlined the card against Yushin Okami. 

This will be the UFC's first trip back to Sao Paulo since 1998, where the first Brazilian show took place featuring such fighters as Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva and Pedro Rizzo.