Brazil’s influence on mixed martial arts is undeniable, and it’s no surprise that the biggest event the UFC has held on Brazilian soil is expected to break records.
The event, UFC 198, which features the heavyweight title fight between Brazilian champion Fabricio Werdum and American Stipe Miocic in the main event, sold 45,000 tickets the day they went on sale to the public. The event takes place Saturday at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
The day prior to the event is expected to set attendance records for combat sports with the most people in attendance for a weigh-in. More than 22,000 spectators are expected to attend the UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic weigh-in on Friday.
“It’s the biggest card we’ve ever done in Brazil,” said UFC president Dana White during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show. “45,000 tickets sold in one day, and it will be the biggest weigh-in in combat sports history. They’re expecting over 22,000 people in Brazil for the weigh-ins.”
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The event is stacked with top Brazilian talent. Middleweight contenders Vitor Belfort and Jacare Souza face off in the co-main event, while Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg makes her long-awaited UFC debut in a 140-pound catchweight bout with Leslie Smith.
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