The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday announced its return to Brazil after nearly 12 years with “UFC Rio” on Aug. 27, 2011. South America’s largest country will also likely play host to a season of “The Ultimate Fighter” in the future.
“Obviously it makes sense for Brazil. Imagine the talent that would come off that show. It would be incredible, so yeah, we want to do it,” said UFC president Dana White during a press conference announcing “UFC Rio.”
“The Ultimate Fighter” is heading into it’s thirteenth season, but White gave no indication of when the popular Spike TV reality series would transition to other countries.
“I don’t know how fast it would be that we could get it done, but trust me, we’re moving pretty quickly, and we want to get it done as fast as possible.
“We want to take ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ everywhere,” added the UFC president. “All these places and all these different countries that we’re going, we want to take ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ to these places. We have big plans for ’The Ultimate Fighter.’”
There’s been talk of taking the reality show to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Middle East, and now Brazil that already has 36 countrymen on the UFC roster, including three titleholders: Anderson Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Jose Aldo, as well as two No. 1 contenders scheduled to compete for titles in Junior Dos Santos and Vitor Belfort.