Marshall Zelaznik Speaks on UFC’s Plans for Brazil in 2014
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.10.2013
They might not be able to hit 13 or 14 shows as Dana White initially planned…
Following UFC Fight Night 29, UFC Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik spoke about the UFC's plans to hold shows in Brazil in 2014 and Dana White's expressed statement of the UFC planning as many as 14 events in the country next year. Below are some highlights:
Zelaznik on Dana White's plan of 14 events in Brazil in 2014: "I think it shows his passion and intent for Brazil. I don't know that we'll get 13 events next year. I think it'll be more in line with what we did this year – maybe a little more, maybe a little less."
Zelaznik on the 2014 FIFA World Cup possibly making hitting that number difficult: "It just makes it difficult. You all know the problems we have with the venues; you all know the challenges we have with some of the dates that we have to try to manage. We are planning a lot of events next year. Will we get to 13? I don't believe so. But I think that Dana is committed to this market. He loves the market here. He came back into the office and said, 'I know I'm in big trouble. I said 13.' But it just shows the intent and motivation to get off a lot of events here."
Zelaznik on if the UFC will hold an event in Brazil during the World Cup: "We've been going back and forth on whether or not to do it. I think the thinking right now is not to bring an event during the World Cup. We'll try to figure out other events we may do around that time – they won't be fights. But our decision's not final. We're still in the planning mode. But I don't know that it would be the smartest thing for us to try to hold an event during the World Cup. This is a soccer-loving nation. It's the biggest soccer event in the world. I'm planning to be here to watch soccer, not to put on an event."