UFC teases return to Brazil with PPV, new broadcast deal

The last time the UFC Octagon was in Brazil was the day the world began shutting down, March 14, 2020. So its return to the country is significant to the sport and the world’s recovery as a whole.

On Wednesday the UFC announced a new broadcast deal for the region, and UFC 283 to be hosted there on Saturday, January 21, 2023, in the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Additionally, the UFC announced that UFC Fight Pass would become the broadcasting source for all events and a partnership with Band for “free-to-air distribution of select events and original content.”

“Anyone who follows this sport knows how important Brazil is to mixed martial arts and to UFC,” UFC president Dana White said in a press release. “Brazil is one of our biggest and fastest growing markets and has produced some of the best athletes this sport has ever seen.  FIGHT PASS is going to take our business to the next level by delivering all our content directly to our fans.  Plus, we’re teaming up with Band, one of the biggest broadcasters in Brazil, which is going to provide massive exposure for UFC and help us grow our fan base and make this sport bigger than ever.  And finally– I’m excited to announce that we’re coming back to Brazil on January 21 for UFC 283 with a stacked event you don’t want to miss – I’ll see you all there!”

No fights were announced for the card at press time.