The editor of Tatame is reporting that UFC 147 was watched by 20,000,000 people in Brazil.
Eduardo Ferreira @dudutatame
UFC 147 supera estreia de Ronaldinho Gaúcho em BH. O evento bateu 17 pontos (20 milhões de pessoas) na Rede Globo
UFC 147 surpasses Ronaldinho debut in BH. The event hit 17 points (20 million) on Rede Globo
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Tatame went on to say that the event drew a record audience for the stadium, beating even the debut of Soccer superstar Ronaldinho in the city. For those of you not familiar with Brazil's attitude towards soccer, consider that Anderson Silva has said he would rather play professional soccer than fight.
The equivalent to Ronaldinho debuting in a city would be concert in the USA with performances by The Rolling Stones, ET the Extra Terrestrial (a real one), and Shakira, naked.
Viewed with suspicion for not having many famous names, UFC 147, held on Saturday in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, was considered a success by Marshall Zelaznik, director of the organization.
"When we saw the arena (Adriano Gymnasium) for the first time, our production team was worried, not sure what we could do, but the crowd was fantastic and very well received throughout the city. I can assure you that we will return," said Marshall, who led the post fight press conference.
The success of the UFC in Belo Horizonte can be measured in numbers. The event received 16,643 people, the top three public events already held in Brazil. Ronaldinho's debut in the city had a slightly smaller crowd. According to the official site of Atletico Mineiro, 16,367 people attended the Independence Stadium to see the crack on the Nautical.
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The return of the UFC to Brazil now has international record destroying possibilities including:
•The original TUF Brazil Middleweight finals: Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian
•The TUF Brazil Featherweight finals if Damm wasn't medically withdrawn: Rony Jason vs. Rodrigo Damm
•The original main event: Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort II
•World Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo vs. TKZ or Erick Koch
•World Heavyweight Champion JDS vs. Cain Velasquez
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