Saturday’s UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, drew an attendance of 16,643, according to UFC managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik.
“I believe (this) is a new record for us in Brazil,” he added.
UFC 147 was the promotion’s second trip to Brazil this year and the third in 10 months.
UFC 142 in January pulled in 12,500 fans, while last years UFC 134 drew 14,000. Both of those events where held at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
The only other UFC event in Brazil was Ultimate Brazil, which took place at Ginasio da Portuguesa in Sao Paulo way back in 1998. We could find no record of the attendance for Ultimate Brazil.
The UFC did not report the live gate for UFC 147, which was headlined by a Rich Franklin victory over Brazil’s own Wanderlei Silva.