Despite threat, Sao Paulo mayor won't shut down UFC on FX 7


Despite a government-ordered civil investigation into the city of Sao Paulo's previously announced US$1.25 million sponsorship of Saturday's UFC on FX 7 event, the fight card will go on as planned.

"Let's be clear: There's no chance that the event will be canceled," said UFC Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik.

The city's new mayor, Fernando Haddad, questioned his predecessor's decision to dedicate more than 70 percent of Sao Paulo's parks and recreation bureau's annual budget for event funding to this weekend's event.

A recent directive signed by Sao Paulo District Attorney Valter Foleto Santin called the sponsorship an "unnecessary, unjustified and excessive use of public resources" and recommended the cancellation of the event and a suspension of the financial commitment.

The sponsorship was brokered by the Brazilian-based sports and entertainment business IMX, with former Sao Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab, who in December signed the deal on his final day in office.

The district attorney has asked IMX to provide further details on the sponsorship agreement, which is similar to deals the promotion had previously with the city of Rio de Janeiro and is considered common practice for major sporting events in the country.

Zelaznik, who on Thursday revealed the company is planning as many as seven Brazilian events in 2013, doesn't believe relationships are strained, said he supports the new mayor's reported desire to explore the deal, and insisted the UFC will readily assist the city with any and all requests.

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KickassMcrad site profile image  

1/18/13 8:37 PM by KickassMcrad

Yes, "BILLIONS" are spent on the olympics. It clearly states that One point two five MILLION was contributed. I'm no math wizard, but I'm pretty sure a million is a thousand times less and a billion.

Tap In site profile image  

1/18/13 1:52 PM by Tap In

"The city's new mayor, Fernando Haddad, questioned his predecessor's decision to dedicate more than 70 percent of Sao Paulo's parks and recreation bureau's annual budget for event funding to this weekend's event."Shady as fuck. You know that guy got a huge kickback. That's politics though, regardless of the country

sacredhate site profile image  

1/18/13 1:51 PM by sacredhate

yeah, but they're probably trying to spend leftover money before the end of the know, spend it or lose's not like they have another 11 months to cover off with that budget or anything.

disbeliever site profile image  

1/18/13 1:47 PM by disbeliever

Wow 70% of annual budget was spent on this one UFC event?That doesn't seem right to me.

Sherdoggystyle site profile image  

1/18/13 1:43 PM by Sherdoggystyle

Tell that to the NFL and NBA as well when they use public funds for grand arenas/stadiums and use public resources for their championship parades and stuff.

ViciousCesar site profile image  

1/18/13 1:38 PM by ViciousCesar

That's some bullshit.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

1/18/13 1:17 PM by MMALOGIC

the UFC is getting a 1.2 million dollar site fee for a fight night.  the gate will be over a million as well. then you have the license fees from fx (fox) and globo brazil.

MartinLav site profile image  

1/18/13 1:09 PM by MartinLav

Sadly that's what this world is comming to. Formula 1 and the Olympics are heavily subsidized sportings events. Corporate welfare at it's finest.

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

1/17/13 11:31 PM by Brian J DSouza

Someone from the event or promotion kicks back money to key politicians, giving them concessions or percentages of the revenue. Again, very smart move by Zuffa. Not so good for the Brazilian taxpayers, who get nothing in return.

4whatitsworth site profile image  

1/17/13 11:25 PM by 4whatitsworth

The same thing is said about every olympics. Billions are spent, but the payback is never realized at the end of it. I love MMA, but a private business needs to pay for it's own costs, not put them on the people. That's what ticket sales are for.