Silva reveals UFC 197 in Brazil Cancelled…or is it?

December 29, 2015

The UFC has canceled its March 5th PPV show set for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Anderson Silva referred to being taken off of the card because of its cancellation at today’s media conference for UFC Fight Night 83.

Updated:  Maybe UFC 197 is not off per Sean Shelby’s tweet:

“(The plan) was to have me fighting in Brazil against I don’t know who,” Silva said, at the media conference “but with this situation going on in Brazil, economically and everything, the UFC decided to abort this event for now.”

The last time Anderson Silva fought in Brazil was as a last-minute fill in to fight Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 in October 2012.

Silva returns to the UFC against Michael Bisping as the headlining event at UFC Fight Night 83 in February on UFC Fight Pass.

Payout Perspective:

With the cancellation of UFC 197, we will see if the UFC will find a replacement event or recalibrate its numbers to ensure that UFC 200 is in July.  Whether or not the economy was a reason for cancelling the event is an interesting issue as this has been brought up in the past.  This past year, UFC Fight Night 67 drew only 3,500 in attendance from Goiania, Brazil so nixing a PPV due to potential low turnout would not be out of the question.

16 Responses to “Silva reveals UFC 197 in Brazil Cancelled…or is it?”

  1. tops E on December 29th, 2015 10:32 PM

    Brazil slowdown or ufc slowdown? Hahaha…maybe outside shows dont make that much or not at all

  2. tops E on December 30th, 2015 3:59 AM

    What happened with the globo deal?

  3. mmaguru on December 30th, 2015 3:00 PM

    Anyway I can see my predictions for 2015 from this thread? Almost time to make new ones for 2016.

    I can only see the last 2 comments.


  4. tops E on December 30th, 2015 7:22 PM

    Anybody have info on the marketing expenses of the UFC?

  5. Oleg on December 30th, 2015 7:59 PM
  6. fight fan on December 31st, 2015 8:42 AM

    I’m sure master D, who knows everything about UFC’s books can provide that.

    In all seriousness UFC spends a ton on promotions.

  7. d on December 31st, 2015 4:59 PM

    Or Fight Fan, who gets all of his information at his local wild wings. It is a regular think tank. Haha.

    The UFC spends less on promotion than big boxing events do in terms of ads, in terms of total cost, they spend more, because they also run the production, which allows them to keep all of the revenue unlike boxing where they have to pay Showtime and HBO for ppv events and take a lower cut for rights fees.

  8. tops E on January 1st, 2016 2:12 AM

    Any news on the lawsuit?

  9. d on January 1st, 2016 6:23 PM


    There were some real amusing predictions from that article’s comments.

    How about Chang’s theory :

    “Hard to see how any UFC PPV can break 800k at this point”

    Or what about Leon’s:

    “oh boy is this a sign of things to come? A massive 2015? I think not. Good luck on our bet aahahahah!”

    “5m PPVs in 2015 what a joke lmao!”

    “The biggest fight on paper in 2015 is going to happen Jan. 3 so that will set the barometer. There is no bigger fight (promotionally) the UFC can do after that with current roster.”


    ” I don’t see them regaining what they had back in 2009″ (referring to the UFC’s ppv numbers)

    “Their whole push of being a TV property did not work out for them, and they think they can come back to PPV in 2015 and be King again, not going to happen.”

    Sampson aka Pink Pig:

    “next year will be even more lopsided with Pacquiao-Mayweather hitting 3 million buys for one event.” (referring to the mma-boxing ppv numbers)

    My predictions on the other hand were spot on.

    What ever happened to Sal?

  10. Fight Fan on January 2nd, 2016 10:52 AM

    D you got any sources or are you talking to the guy who makes my wings too?

  11. d on January 2nd, 2016 3:30 PM

    Sources on what? PPV numbers? Dave Meltzer

    The question is why are you acting like you are informed on the subject, when you are getting your info from the guy who makes your wings?

  12. Fight Fan on January 3rd, 2016 2:03 PM

    What company does Dave work for again? Please tell me?

  13. d on January 3rd, 2016 5:49 PM

    His numbers were spot on from his WWE’s days. His numbers are always considerably lower than the one’s the White and co. release.

    Who does boxing have challenging their numbers? Their own promoters? Well, they actually do have someone- each other when they point out how one another lied. Haha.

  14. Fight Fan on January 4th, 2016 10:22 AM

    I’ll believe the numbers when they come from a legit news source such as Kevin Iole or Dan Rafael. Not an mma fan boy site lol. They cannot lie about numbers due to the fact that they cannot lie to shareholders.

  15. d on January 4th, 2016 6:06 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Kevin Iole?????? He DOES release numbers. And guess what?? They are higher than Meltzers. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    Also, Rafael has called out the boxing promoters for lying in the past and then was punished by ESPN and Showtime/Mayweather for doing so. Shows the legitimacy of boxing in terms of disclosure. So, by your claim that they can not lie to shareholders(which is absurd for about a million reasons, notably the fact that there are no HBO/Showtime shareholders, the numbers are never publicly disclosed, and are long term counted and given as estimations by the promotion when counted anyway), you are stating that Rafael is not a legitimate source because he was lying when he stated that Espinoza lied about the Guerrero-Mayweather numbers. Oops! HAHAHA!

  16. d on January 4th, 2016 6:13 PM

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