The Ultimate Fighting Championship has already firmed up the fight card for its return trip to Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 14. UFC 143: Adlo vs. Mendes marks the promotion’s second trip to Brazil in five months.
There have been strong rumors that put the promotion back in Brazil again later in 2012. UFC president Dana White confirmed such speculation on Saturday night.
“How many events are we going to do in Brazil next year? Right now, what I know, we’ve got two coming up. We’re gonna do Rio and probably another one in May,” he revealed.
The event for May is believed to be a large stadium event, the promotion’s first since running an event at the Rogers Centre in Toronto in April.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is currently on the shelf with a shoulder injury, but recent estimates put him back in the Octagon in late spring or early summer. If the UFC is to do a stadium event in May, its Brazilian middleweight champion is the no-brainer choice to headline the show.
Even before UFC 143 gathers much steam, there are other plans already set in motion for South America.
“[In addition to the two events] we’re gonna do The Ultimate Fighter [in Brazil],” added White. “I fly to Brazil on Monday for The Ultimate Fighter.”
TUF Brazil will be the first international version of the UFC’s popular reality series.