Brazilian Billionaire Interested In Entertainment Company Responsible for Bringing UFC Back to Brazil

September 28, 2011

Brazilian billionaire entrepreneur Eike Batista – who has made a good portion of his wealth from  resource companies – such as mining, energy, petroleum, logistics, real estate and off-shoring – wants to get involved in the Sports & Entertainment industry, seeking to purchase “Brasil1“, the company responsible for bringing the UFC back to Brazil last month.

Batista, who is listed by Forbes as the 8th richest person in the world in 2011, has many companies under his ownership. Batista’s IMX group – which is a partnership of IMG Worldwide inc. and Batista’s EBX Group Co Ltd – is said to be closing the deal to purchase Brasil1, which is a Sports and Entertainment company specializing in consulting, content development, and major event management.

The purchase was first reported by Veja Magazine, a respected media source in Brazil.  UFC Rio was not only a huge success for the UFC, but also for Brasil1 and the city of Rio de Janeiro.  The event drew more than 14,000 fans to the HSBC Arena for a gate which is believed to be in excess of $4M.  Not only was the event a huge success as a live attending event, but it is also speculated that “Nearly 30 million Brazilians” likely watched UFC 134 from their homes.

Due to the UFC’s 13-year absence and the sports boom in the last few years, their return last month caught the attention of many high profiled figures in the country such as soccer legend Ronaldo and MMA pioneer Royce Gracie. Politician’s including Rio de Janeiro’s governor Sergio Cabral, and a cast of other rich and famous socialites were ringside as well. One of those high profiled figures in attendance was Eike Batista.

Due to the success of UFC Rio, the UFC stated shortly after the event concluded that it would return to Brazil with multiple events in 2012.  With Batista’s purchase of Brasil1, it’s no doubt that through IMX and Brasil1, those groups will be involved in future UFC events scheduled for Brazil.

Batista’s IMX group is also getting involved with the upcoming FIFA 2014 World Cup, trying to sell luxury box seats for the event as it negotiates a potential deal with Match Hospitality AG, who has an exclusive contract to sell tickets for FIFA-organized events.

5 Responses to “Brazilian Billionaire Interested In Entertainment Company Responsible for Bringing UFC Back to Brazil”

  1. Jack Frost on September 28th, 2011 8:59 PM

    Sounds interesting. Ever notice there’s a lot of very rich people involved in MMA? (Frank and Lorenzo, Abu Dhabi people, Mark Cuban, formerly Donald Trump and Calvin Ayre, etc).

  2. Jose Mendoza on September 29th, 2011 3:02 AM

    Jack Frost:

    Thanks! Yeah, it’s odd how things that make money attract people that have a lot of money :)

  3. Diego on September 29th, 2011 6:28 AM

    I’m still in shock about that 30 million figure. It’s unbelievably huge.

  4. Jose Mendoza on September 29th, 2011 4:27 PM

    Well, it’s just an estimate of how many could have possibly seen the show, not sure how accurate that is. I believe Dana threw out a 40M number after the show. MMAJunkie’s was “nearly 30M” :)

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