UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White will make a “monumental” announcement Wednesday during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Octagon brass are expected to confirm the company’s long awaited debut in the city.
Fans can stream the presser live at UFC.com beginning at 8AM PT/11AM ET (2PM BST).
MMA’s head honchos won’t be invading the jiu jitsu-crazed nation empty handed. Along with Mayor Eduardo Paes, UFC champions Anderson Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Jose Aldo will also be in attendance.
Middleweight contender Vitor Belfort and Hall of Famer Royce Gracie are also expected to make a cameo inside the Palacio da Cidade.
It’s been over a decade since the Octagon last sniffed Brazilian soil. In 1998, Sao Paulo hosted “UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil.” Native Wanderlei Silva was TKO’d in 44 seconds by Belfort in the card’s co-main event.