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Exec: UFC Fight Pass will stream live 'Shooto Brazil' events online soon

Sooner than later it seems, actually ...

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Pass library is going to get a bit more crowded, as the world's pre-eminent mixed martial arts (MMA) league has sealed a deal to acquire the video archive of Shooto Brazil, an international combat sports organization that was founded in 1985.

That's according to Marshall Zelaznik, UFC's Chief Content Officer and Director of International Development, who revealed on The MMA Hour that aside from obtaining all of the promotion's historical footage, its upcoming live events will soon air on the digital network.

And it may start as soon as this weekend (Sat., May 16, 2015), as the promotion has Shooto Brazil 54 staged to go down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Zelaznik reveals the plan (via MMA Fighting):

"We closed Shooto Brazil, which they've been around for 13 years, 50 events, with Jose Aldo, Renan Barao... I mean, when these guys were just raw, just tough fighters. So we've closed that. We're getting that library in. And we're working as hard as we can to see if we can do this weekend's Shooto event live on Fight Pass. We got some more work to do, but if we can do it we'll start screaming from the mountaintops, because Andre Pederneiras, who is the promoter there, he's a good guy. He's a solid guy. He's put a good fight card together, so we're trying to figure out how to get that in. But for sure, more live, more live. [UFC CEO] Lorenzo [Fertitta]'s on me every day -- ‘what's coming? What do we have live?' -- and we're getting some operational production issues, but my guess is within the next 60 days you'll see a lot of announcements. Probably the next 30 days, of more live inside Fight Pass."

Just last year, UFC struck a deal with Invicta FC to air the all-women's promotion live events on Fight Pass. And though the debut didn't go so smooth, all the hiccups seems to have been ironed out since then.

As it stands, the digital network houses hours upon hours of footage from its own events, as well as those from World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), Strikeforce and Pride FC. And let's remember Cage Rage, Extreme Challenge MMA, X-Treme Fighting Organization (XFO), Ultimate Challenge MMA (UCMMA), Hook 'N Shoot, TKO Major League MMA, King of the Cage (KOTC) and Pancrase, too.


This weekend's Shooto event will feature two intriguing fights, as Felipe Froes meets Paulo Dantas for the vacant Featherweight title, while Lightweight champion and former UFC veteran, Ronys Torres, takes on Benito Tavares in a 160-pound catchweight bout.

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