Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is coming to the "Mineirinho" arena (formally known as the Felipe Drummond Stadium) in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil for UFC 147: "Belfort vs. Silva II" on June 23, 2012.
ZUFFA officials confirmed the venue, first reported back on April 27, in today's official UFC 147 press release.
In addition, the UFC brass will hold a special gathering on May 15 featuring government officials and IMX representatives, along with Ultimate Fighter (TUF) "Brazil" coach and UFC 147 headliner Vitor Belfort.
From UFC Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik:
"It is great for our fans and for the UFC to be able to stage events in new parts of Brazil. The UFC is exploding everywhere in the country and Minas Gerais, being the third biggest state in the country, seemed like the perfect place for this. Not only has Mineirinho received some major acts through the years, but it is also located in a central and touristic area of the city. It will certainly be a fantastic experience for the fans."
UFC 147 will be headlined by the long awaited rematch between Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. "The Axe Murderer" has been looking for revenge since the pair first met inside the cage more than a decade ago at UFC 17.5: "Ultimate Brazil."
"The Phenom" defeated him in just 44 seconds by way of technical knockout (TKO).
Here is the current UFC 147 fight card and line-up:
185 lbs.: Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva
Other scheduled bouts:
145 lbs.: TUF: Brazil Featherweight finals
185 lbs.: TUF: Brazil Middleweight finals
265 lbs.: Mike Russow vs. Fabricio Werdum
155 lbs.: Felipe Arantes vs. Milton Vieira
145 lbs.: Yuri Alcantara vs. Hacran Dias
For all the latest news and notes on the UFC 147: "Belfort vs. Silva" event click here.