UFC is planning a pay-per-view event in Brazil early next year, marking their return to the country after nearly three years.
UFC 283 is scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 21st, as revealed by the promotion earlier this week.
UFC has regularly visited Brazil since 2011. The promotion has visited the country a total of 37 times, including 10 appearances in Rio de Janeiro.
The promotion’s last appearance was in March 2020 for a “Fight Night” card headlined by Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira. The event proceeded amid the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and was held behind closed doors.
UFC has only held events outside of the United States a handful of times since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have notably only visited Europe twice, did one event in Asia, and have yet to come back to Canada.
The announcement also came with the news that UFC has reached a pair of new broadcast deals in the country.
The promotion will move their television broadcasts over from Globo’s Combate channel to Rede Bandeiro (also known as “Band”), in early 2023. At the same time, UFC will also launch their “Fight Pass” service in the country for the price of $4.85 on a monthly basis.
“Fight Pass” offers combat sports content from smaller promotions around the world, the library of all UFC events, and other exclusive content related to the UFC. The service first launched in 2013 and has expanded since then.