Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UFC Looks to Break Record Toronto Attendance When It Hosts Title Fight in Brazil: UFC Looks for Record Crowd in Brazil

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

UFC Looks to Break Record Toronto Attendance When It Hosts Title Fight in Brazil: UFC Looks for Record Crowd in Brazil

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TORONTO - The UFC looks to break its Toronto attendance record of 55,000-plus when it hosts UFC 147 at Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 23.

The UFC 147 main event is a rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and trash-talking American Chael Sonnen. It was also feature a middleweight bout between "Ultimate Fighter Brazil" coaches Vitor (The Phenom) Belfort and Wanderlei (The Axe Murderer) Silva.

In announcing a trio of Canadian shows, UFC president Dana White told a news conference in Calgary last week that he expected the Brazilian show, the UFC's first at an outdoor sports stadium, will attract a crowd of 80,000-plus.

UFC 129 drew 55,724 on April 30, 2011, at Toronto's Rogers Centre. Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre of Montreal defeated American Jake Shields in the main event.

But the Brazil stadium is larger and features Silva, seen as MMA's best pound-for-pound fighter. The UFC 147 main event is also seen as a grudge match with Sonnen playing the villain going into hostile territory. …

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