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UFC announces UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, UFC 225 in Chicago

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UFC Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

The Octagon is visiting some familiar stomping grounds, and also making some history, this spring.

During Saturday’s UFC Belem broadcast, a pair of pay-per-view dates were announced. UFC 224 will take place at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro on May 12, while UFC 225 is booked for the United Center in Chicago on June 9.

Combate was first to report the UFC 224 date.

This will be the first PPV in Chicago after five previous visits. The UFC last held a show in the Windy City in July 2016, a UFC on FOX show headlined by Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko.

Rio de Janeiro has been the site of eight UFC events, including seven PPVs. Most recently, the Jeunesse Center played host to UFC 212 last June, which featured Max Holloway defeating Jose Aldo to become the undisputed UFC featherweight champion.

No bouts were announced for either show.