UFC Quick Quote: Dana White promises 13 MMA events in Brazil for 2014

Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports

They built this city on rock 'n roll mixed martial arts.

"We'll do 13 next year, and not only continue to grow this market, but create more talent here. There's just so much talent in Brazil. The fact that we have the opportunity now, with the backing of Globo and Combat TV and all the other great networks that are down here, to be able to showcase this great talent, hold these events, and not just here, but beam it all across the world, it's so huge for this country. It's so huge for the athletes down here."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White told the mixed martial arts (MMA) media during yesterday's presser scrum (watch it here) that fans can expect 13 separate events in Brazil next year (2014), which means current and former champions like Jose Aldo (Featherweight), Renan Barao (Interim Bantamweight), Anderson Silva (Middleweight) and Junior dos Santos (Heavyweight) will have more opportunities to fight at home, in front of local fans, depending on how the events are distributed across pay-per-view (PPV) and FOX Sports 1, which combined have already hosted two Brazilian shows in the past two months with two more still to come. And that doesn't even take into consideration the other International events (like these), along with more seasons of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), which will likely be shoehorned between a busy stateside schedule. Too much of a good thing? We'll find out soon enough.


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