From what I’ve heard from Chael Sonnen, Brazil is a lawless Mad Max society where roving gangs of piglet savages blowdart eachother in the streets after it gets dark. But according to this report from Bloody Elbow, it sounds like the country has dragged itself up towards civilization to the point where they have lame noise bylaws that prevent fun from happening past 10pm. That includes UFC Sambadrome events:
“We still do not have a decision on the UFC, but for me and to the Mayor (Gilberto Kassab), we’d like for it to happen in the Pacaembu (stadium). However, we have a legislation (in the city), and we have to respect a limit in the scheduling due to the noise. Because of this, it’s getting harder to hold events in São Paulo. Even in the Morumbi (stadium), there would be difficulties and I feel that, if this doesn’t work out, the UFC will have to look (for another city to host its event),” said Bebetto Haddad, the Secretary of Sports in Sao Paulo.
A non-profit organization called Viva Pacaembu, would be thrilled to bring the UFC to the stadium, but claims it needs to happen at the appropriate time slot:
“What is obvious is that this (event is going to show fights), but the type of show that accompanies this type of event brings in loud music, and this can’t happen. I believe they’ll have the common sense in finding another place (to hold the UFC)” – said the president of the Viva Pacaembu, Iênidis Benfati.
This is so stupid. A mega-UFC would flood the region with tens of thousands of fans who’d eat at local restaurants, sleep at local hotels, and pee on local residences. Estimates on the Toronto Skydome show pegged the economic impact of UFC 129 at $40 million bucks (aka 300 million shiny stones). But Viva Pacaembu is right … common sense dictates that they should do this somewhere else because noise after 10PM is a bigger deal.