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UFC Amazon, Set for 2012 Brazilian Return

Written on August 24, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro fast approaching, UFC has slated its next Brazilian trip in Manaus next year.

With UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro yet to come, the promotion has set its eyes on its next Brazilian trip. Zuffa CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta, announced last Tuesday that UFC is targeting the Amazonas state capital – Manaus – for a 2012 show. The event is expected to go down at the Convention Center of Manaus which has the capacity to hold 100,000 spectators.

As Lorenzo Fertitta said in a press conference:

“The opportunity to bring the UFC to Manaus and to the home of some of our great fighters makes us so excited. Our expectation is that Manaus will set a new attendance record, with 100,000 people watching the show.”

In case the venue indeed sells out, then UFC 129’s live attendance record of 55,000 people at Roger’s Center in Toronto will be shattered.

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UFC Officially Signs Deal with FOX

Written on August 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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UFC and FOX signs a landmark of 7-year broadcast deal!

Last Thursday, UFC and FOX confirmed a deal that would bring the largest MMA promotion in the said the network for the next seven years. The terms stated that FOX will broadcast four UFC events per year on broadcast television, and six events on FX — their basic cable station. The Ultimate Fighter will also air in the cable station in a revamped live version, while FOX-owned titles like FUEL and FOX Deportes will also carry UFC programs. In relation to this, the first UFC event on FOX will be on November 12, while additional programs will be launched in the network by January 2012.

The landmark deal was jointly announced at the FOX studios in Los Angeles by FOX Chairman and CEO, David Hill; FOX Sports Media Group Co-president and COO, Eric Shanks; FX President, John Landgraf; UFC President, Dana White; and Zuffa Chairman, Lorenzo Fertitta.

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Fertitta Dreams of GSP vs Silva Fight Soon

Written on October 25, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"One of the things we wanted to do was allow both of these guys to continue to get through their divisions – meaning there were a lot of contenders that deserved title shots. Because they're in different weightclasses, we wanted to let that all play out before we put those two guys together. But I mean we're getting to a point where they've pretty much cleaned out the division. Maybe it's time to watch them and see what happens." ---Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Co-owner and CEO

UFC’s big boss, Dana White, said that if people want to see a match fight between champs, Anderson Silva (26-4 MMA, 11-0 UFC) and Georges St-Pierre (20-2 MMA, 14-2 UFC), then he’ll make it happen.

UFC co-owner and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta also gave his remarks about the plan.

“I want to see that fight,” Fertitta said. “That’s probably the one fight I really want to see the most.”

GSP and Silva are both heroes of the octagon. They have been title holders and fans wants to see who should reign inside the cage. White spoke of the possible measures that should be taken into consideration. On the occasion, the height between the two fighters are quite massive. Silva was 6’2 while GSP is 5’11.

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