Home to some of the biggest stars ever, the South American country of Brazil has also hosted some of the best and most memorable pay-per-views in UFC history.
From historic title defenses to highlight reel knockouts, the fans in Brazil have seen it all. Let’s take a close look at all nine UFC PPVs held on Brazilian soil, from worst to best.
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UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie
Fans were thiiiiiiiiiiiis close to getting a dream matchup between Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis at UFC 163 but a knee injury to Pettis forced Aldo to accept a matchup against Chan Sung Jung, aka, “The Korean Zombie.”
The card had it’s moments, including Amanda Nunes’ TKO over Sheila Gaff on the prelims and Phil Davis’ hard-fought split decision over Lyoto Machida in the co-main event, but it doesn’t stack up well with the next eight PPVs.
UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin 2
It’s easy to forget how great of a card UFC 147 was shaping up to be before injuries (it’s always injuries) ruined those plans.
The rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen was supposed to take place on this card before it was moved to UFC 148. The co-main event was also supposed to be a rematch between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva but Rich Franklin was subbed in after Belfort injured his hand, and that bout to was shifted to the main event.
Silva vs. Franklin took home Fight of the Night honors, but safe to say, there wasn’t much competition.
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UFC 190: Rousey vs Correia
Ronda Rousey proved just how much of a draw she was in the fight game by going to Brazil and selling nearly a million pay-per-views on a card that wasn’t supported by many other great fights.
Shogun Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira battled to a decision in the Fight of the Night and Demian Maia earned yet another submission win -- this time over streaking welterweight contender Neil Magny -- but other than that, the card was largely a slow build up to Rousey’s title defense.
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UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2
The rematch between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes was an incredible fight and much more compelling than the first matchup (more on that, next), but unfortunately, the rest of the fight card did not live up to expectations.
Save for Aldo and Mendes’ otherworldly performances, the main card was largely a dud but the five finishes during the six prelim bouts helps this card’s case.
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UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes 1
Jose Aldo was supposed to have met his match at UFC 142 in heavy-handed wrestler Chad Mendes, who had won all 11 of his bouts entering the UFC’s first pay-per-view of 2012. However, what resulted was one of the most electric knockouts ever in a Brazilian PPV event.
As a close opening round was coming to an end, Aldo uncorked a vicious knee to the head of Mendes, who was shooting for a takedown. The strike landed point blank and sent a stiffened Mendes crashing toward the canvas as Aldo hopped the fence to celebrate with the raucous Brazilian crowd.
The best thing about UFC 142 though was that Aldo’s epic last-second finish of Mendes wasn’t even the best knockout that night.
The accolade belongs to Edson Barboza, who’s infamous wheel kick KO of Terry Etim kicked off the UFC 142 main card
Of the 10 bouts at UFC 142, only three went to the judges, while six ended in the first round.
UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar
UFC 153 was originally supposed to be headlined by Jose Aldo vs Erik Koch until Koch dropped out with an injury, only to be replaced by Frankie Edgar. Awesome, right? Well, shortly after that, Aldo dropped out because of injury.
Not only that, popular names like Vitor Belfort, Rampage Jackson and Gabriel Gonzaga were also supposed to fight on the UFC’s return to Rio only for injuries to prevent them from doing so.
Thankfully, a month out from the event, middleweight champion Anderson Silva agreed to face Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight bout in the main event and the UFC was able to replace some of the original bouts with new, exciting matchups.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira nearly snapped Dave Herman’s arm in two despite the American’s above-average armbar defense. Fans got their slugfest as Fabio Maldonado was subbed in to face Glover Teixeira, who earned the TKO victory that night, and Brazilian natives Demian Maia, Rony Jason and Sergio Moraes all scored finishes in front of the crowd of over 16,000 in Rio.
The UFC hosted it’s first-ever event in Brazil back in 1998, four years after Brazilian legend Royce Gracie took home the title at three of the UFC’s first four events.
While Gracie was not on the card, it was still a memorable one, thanks to it being home to the first UFC lightweight (now welterweight) championship and a middleweight (now light heavyweight) championship, as it was the first UFC PPV not under the tournament format of previous years.
In the main event, Frank Shamrock beat John Lober into submission for his third title defense while Hall of Famer Pat Miletich fought for 21 minutes straight to earn a split decision over Mikey Burnett.
UFC Brazil also marked Vitor Belfort’s last fight in the Octagon before moving to PRIDE as he became the first professional fighter to stop Wanderlei Silva with punches.
UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
The UFC returned to Brazil in 2011 for the first time since 1998 for UFC 134 and made sure they brought along an amazing fight card with them.
Headlined by one of the biggest stars in the history of the sport and arguably the biggest star in the promotion at the time, Anderson Silva, the event also featured two jaw-rocking knockouts from Big Nog and Shogun Rua as well as an exciting back-and-forth lightweight tilt between Ross Pearson and Edson Barboza.
Silva’s performance in the main event, where he simply overwhelmed Okami with strikes until his foe was rendered helpless on the canvas, was one of the best of his career was the perfect end to a pay-per-view where six fights ended in knockouts.
UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic
There have been a ton of great UFC events in Brazil over the years, but UFC 198 in 2016 was likely the best. Not only was the card stacked with some of the biggest Brazilian stars on the roster -- like Fabricio Werdum, “Jacare” Souza, Vitor Belfort, Shogun Rua, Demian Maia and Cris Cyborg -- but it lived up to the hype on fight night with some truly entertaining bouts.
Stipe Miocic highlighted the main card with a one-punch knockout of Werdum, while moving backwards, to become heavyweight champion. Jacare Souza finished former champion Vitor Belfort in less than a round while legendary women’s fighter Cyborg made her UFC debut in stunning fashion.
The event also saw Demian Maia and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira get key finishes to re-establish themselves in their respective divisions.