The Octagon is set to explore new territory in 2018.
For the first time ever, the UFC will visit the north area of Brazil when it makes a trip to Belem on Feb. 3, sources told MMA Fighting.
The Fight Night card will take place at the 12,000-seat Mangueirinho gymnasium. Combate first reported Belem as the host city for UFC’s next event in Brazil.
Belem is known as the birthplace of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, due to it being the city where Carlos Gracie learned grappling techniques from Mitsuyo Maeda in 1917. Lyoto Machida, who headlines Saturday’s UFC event in Sao Paulo and has roots in the city, told MMA Fighting he hopes to be part of the card next year.
“It’s gonna be a dream to fight in my city,” Machida said. “It’s amazing. It’s gonna be amazing if it happens.”
Iuri Alcantara, Michel Prazeres, Deiveson Figueiredo and Luis Henrique da Silva are also born in the state of Para. Belem is also close to Manaus, where UFC stars like Jose Aldo and Ronaldo Souza were raised.