Initial plans for the UFC to hold its first card in South America since March 2020 have been shelved according to multiple reports.
Reports emerged back in December detailing how the UFC had made reservations at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for their UFC 274 event on May 7. – marking their return to Brazil for the first time since hosting a UFC Fight Night Brasilia: Oliveira vs. Lee card back in March 2020.
Per an initial report last night from Combate reporter, Raphael Marinho, the organization had reservations at the Jeunesse Arena to hos their UFC 274 event on May 7., however, have now since abandoned those plans, with a view to holding the pay-per-view event in the United States on the same date.
Last week, the promotion booked an undisputed light heavyweight championship clash between reigning champion, Glover Teixeira, and the surging #1 ranked contender, Jiri Prochazka for the UFC 274 event – in a perceived homecoming for Minas Gerais native Teixeira.
As well as that, Brett Okamoto of ESPN MMA also recently announced that Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira would defend his belt for a second time, against Justin ‘The Highlight’ Gaethje, on the same card.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the organization had been limited to hosting events behind a closed gate at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada for the majority of 2020 – as well as a pair of trips to Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Last year, the promotion began to book regional venues in the United States to a live open gate, including events in Florida, Texas, New York, and Las Vegas – as well as a January visit to the Middle East once again.
On March 19. – the promotion are slated to venture outside of both the United States and the Middle East for the first time since their above mentioned Brasilia card – with a UFC Fight Night London event booked for The O2 Arena in London, England.
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