UFC Rio: training on the beach, autographs and complete program


Copacabana beach, where UFC open training session will be held. Photo: Wikipedia

If you’re thinking UFC Rio only starts Saturday, that’s because you don’t know about how the official programming the promotion puts together before all their shows. For Rio, the programming starts today. Check it out:


Monday, August 22

18:00 – 19:30: JOSÉ ALDO AUTOGRAPH SESSION – Lojas Americanas, Barrashopping, Av. das Américas, 4.666 – Loja C / Piso Américas

19:00 – 20:30: VITOR BELFORT AUTOGRAPH SESSION – Centauro, Norte Shopping, Av. Dom Hélder Camara, 5474 | Cachambi :: second floor – loja 3806

Tuesday, August 23

14:30 – 16:30: UFC IN THE COMMNITY / UPP EVENT, with José Aldo, Junior Cigano and Lyoto Machida. Nobre Arte gym in Cantagalo Community, Rua Alberto de Campos, 12, Ipanema

(Press meeting place: General Osório Subway station on corner of Teixeira de Melo and Barão da Torre)

1900 – 20:30: AUTOGRAPH SESSION WITH VITOR BELFORT, Centauro, Shopping Leblon, Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290 :: first floor, loja 107A

Wednesday, August 24

UFC RIO OPEN WORKOUTS – Copacabana Beach – In front of Hotel Copacabana Palace, 1pm–2:30pm (open training). Participants: Yushin Okami & Forrest Griffin, Brendan Schaub & Mauricio Rua, Minotauro Nogueira & Anderson Silva.

Thursday, August 25

11:30 – 14:00: UFC RIO PRE-EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE BROADCAST LIVE VIA SATELIETE from Crystal Room – Copacabana Palace Hotel

Av. Atlântica 1702, Copacabana. Participants: Dana White, UFC president; Anderson Silva, Yushin Okami, Mauricio Rua, Forrest Griffin, Minotauro Nogueira and Brendan Schaub.

15:30 – 17:30: SURFING LESSON WITH UFC FIGHTERS CANCELED – Previously planned for Arpoador Beach, the surfing lesson has been canceled due to ocean conditions. Fighters José Aldo, Royce Gracie, Lyoto Machida and Júnior Cigano join Ring Girls Arianny Celeste and Chandella Powell had been scheduled to take surfing lessons from local surfers, but the activity has been canceled.

Friday, August 26

UFC RIO weigh-ins and Q&A, HSBC Arena – Av. Embaixador Abelardo Bueno, 3401, Barra da Tijuca.

14:30 – 15:30: UFC RIO Questions and Answers, moderated by Vitor Belfort, with Royce Gracie, José Aldo, Lyoto Machida, Júnior Cigano


Saturday, August 27

17:00: Doors open
19:00: First preliminary card fight
21:00: Live – Spike TV
22:00: Main card begins, UFC Rio live broadcast begins
01:00: UFC RIO fights end
01:30: UFC RIO post-fight press conference

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