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Quick Hits: UFC 141 PPV Buys, UFC Back to Brazil in June, and More

  • UFC 140 drew an estimated 750,000 pay-per-view buys for the December 30 event featuring heavyweight contenders Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.
  • The UFC is expected to return to Brazil in June for a pay-per-view event at a soccer stadium in Sao Paulo that would include The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil’s featherweight and middleweight finals and coaches matchup between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva.
  • UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is nearly recovered from a knee injury and hopes to fight Alistair Overeem in the summer, possibly at the June event in Sao Paulo.
  • While Kenny Florian is still contemplating¬†retiring from MMA, the three-time UFC title challenger will join Jon Anik in the broadcast booth for Friday’s UFC on FX event.
  • A rumored matchup between former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Strikeforce veteran Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva isn’t in the works, but Silva’s Octagon debut is targeted for April.
  • Main events of UFC on FX and UFC on Fuel TV events will only be three-rounds for at least 2012, while pay-per-view and UFC on Fox headliners will be five-rounds.
  • Former UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt has been released from his BAMMA contract before ever fighting for the UK promotion.
  • Erick Silva was paid his win b0nus by the UFC after his 29-second TKO against Carlo Prater was ruled a controversial disqualification.
  • An estimated 23-million fans in Brazil tuned in to watch Saturday’s UFC 142 event in Rio de Janeiro, which included wins by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort.
  • After suffering a 64-second knockout in last season’s bantamweight tournament, Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren will defend the 145-pound title for the first time against Pat Curran on March 9.
  • The UFC 142 prelims on FX drew 880,000 viewers for the first prelims special on the network, lower than any UFC Prelims broadcast on Spike TV.
  • “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine” on January 7 in Las Vegas sold just 927 tickets for a $68,805 live gate, while 1,065 tickets were given away for a total attendance of 1,992. The reported payroll for the event was $566,000.

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