White: more UFCs in Brazil and in Hawaii

The island of Oahu, Hawaii / Publicity photo

At the pre-UFC 137 press conference this Thursday, Dana White showed he hasn’t yet tired of addressing how Brazil is a vital market for the UFC. The president of the organization stated that everything is in place for a Brazilian version of the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” and that besides Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Recife should soon be hosting UFC events.

The big news from White, though, was that Hawaii should be hosting the event in 2012 too.

“Yes, it should happen next year. We’re looking at next year,” responded White, when questioned about the UFC’s plans for the 50th US state.

The homeland of BJ Penn and promising heavyweight Travis Browne always figured in the organization’s plans, one of the reasons being that the state athletic commission there doesn’t have such strict regulations as other American states.

The archipelago paradise is also known for its open-air gymnasiums, and the UFC looks ready to take on this challenge. “It’ll likely be a UFC in the open air,” stated White.

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