Here are the 10 cities we want to see the UFC visit in 2023.
As the UFC’s global audience grows every year, the promotion continues to expand its presence by holding larger events in coveted locations such as Paris and Rio de Janeiro. Although the UFC has traveled to many major cities around the world in previous years, there are still many venues that will provide excellent new venues for future events.
Then there are also cities that have seen the UFC event in the past but have been patiently waiting for President Dana White to return with a great fight card. Here’s a look at some potential future UFC locations and fighters we might expect to see there.
10- Salvador, Brazil
The capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, Salvador, is the fourth most populous city in all of Brazil. It is the home of many respected Brazilian MMA fighters, including the legendary Lyoto Machida.
Despite being the fourth most populous city in Brazil with a population of over 3 million, it is surprising that the UFC has not held any event in Salvador. However, with such a huge fan base in Brazil, there is no doubt that a fighting card featuring Brazilian fighters could fill the Itaipava Fonte Nova Arena.
Also known as Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira, Fonte Nova Arena has hosted notable events such as the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With a massive maximum capacity of 48,000, it could potentially be home to one of the most attended UFC events to date.
A fighting card featuring Brazilian superstars like Charles Oliveira, Daveson Figueiredo, Amanda Nunes, Glover Teixeira, Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barbosa, Jessica Andrade, Alex Pereira, Paulo Costa, Gilbert Burns, Vicente Luke and Johnnie Walker will undoubtedly be a massive draw.
The good news is that the UFC is already heading to Brazil in 2023, with UFC 283 scheduled for January 21 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. This will be the first four-way fight in the UFC, as Deiveson Figueiredo will meet flyweight champion Brandon Moreno for the fourth time. Other bouts with Brazilian fighters scheduled for UFC 283 include Brad Tavares vs. Gregory Rodriguez, Mauricio Roa vs. Ihor Buteria, and Paul Craig vs. Johnny Walker.