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UFC 153 Headed to HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Even before this weekend's UFC 147 takes place in the South American country, the UFC already has plans for its return to Brazil.

UFC 153, scheduled for October, is expected to take place at the heralded HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the promotion's managing director of international development Marshall Zelaznik confirmed today, at the UFC 147 pre-fight press conference.

"The growth of the UFC here is based on the foundation of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a real foundation for this sport in this country. The icons, the Brazilian fighters, and the champions, have put the UFC in a great position for success," said Zelaznik.

Marshall declined to give his thoughts on what fights would take place on the card, but perhaps a certain shelved featherweight champion could very well be a good addition to the card.

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