The just-announced UFC return to Brazil in January, made official by the promotion early Saturday, officially will be its seventh card on FX. Sources close to the promotion on Saturday confirmed the broadcast plans to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping" (or numbered, UFC on FX 7) will take place Jan. 19 with a four-fight main card and eight fights on the prelims.
Middleweights Vitor Belfort (21-10 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Michael Bisping (23-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) will headline the card, with a co-feature between C.B. Dollaway (12-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Daniel Sarafian (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Also on the main card are heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) and Ben Rothwell (32-8 MMA, 2-2 UFC), plus a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares (17-4-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (18-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
As has been customary for the UFC's cards in Brazil, a Brazilian fighter is featured in each of the 12 fights on the card.
Although a city and venue have not yet been announced, published reports have indicated the UFC is likely to head to its third different city in the South American country – like Sao Paulo. The promotion had hoped to hold UFC 147 there earlier this year in a soccer stadium, but those plans fell through.
But regardless of the location, the card will be the UFC's fifth in Brazil in about 17 months, a sure sign of the promotion's commitment to continue to bring live events to what most consider the birthplace of MMA. It will, however, be the first non-pay-per-view card for the UFC in Brazil after numbered events for UFC 134, 142, 147 and 153, which took place just this past month in Rio de Janeiro.
The latest card for the UFC's return to Brazil includes:
- Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
- C.B. Dollaway vs. Daniel Sarafian
- Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell
- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares
- Godofredo Castro vs. Milton Vieira
- Andrew Craig vs. Ronny Markes
- Nik Lentz vs. Diego Nunes
- Edson Barboza vs. Justin Salas
- Michael Kuiper vs. Thiago Perpetuo
- Yuri Alcantara vs. George Roop
- Roger Hollett vs. Wagner Prado
- Francisco Trinaldo vs. C.J. Keith
(Pictured: Michael Bisping)