The UFC is all hot and heavy to get a crazy stadium show going in Brazil, but it sounds like the nitty gritty of sorting out a venue is going to sink their plans. We already talked about some Brazilians having concerns regarding noise issues, and now there’s confirmation that these buzz-killers may screw things up:
A non-profit organization called Viva Pacaembu has taken action to prevent the UFC from hosting its show in the Pacaembu stadium. A judicial decision was made yesterday that would prevent the organization from occupying the stadium after 12AM, claiming that after that specific time slot the loudest the noise can reach would be at 45 decibels.
“First was the difficulty with the noise. (Then) the Viva Pacaembu organization demanded that the law of noise ordinance would have the limit of 45 decibels, which is impossible. I even bought a noise measurer and took it to the Mayor’s office, and it measured 60 decibels” said the Secretary of Sports, Bebeto Haddad.
Haddad also showed frustration in trying to explain that the time slot for which the event would take place could not be different; “the UFC is an event broadcasted to 150 countries, we have to adapt to the time zone of many countries. There’s no way we could make this end before midnight” he concluded.
Unfortunately for the UFC, most of the big stadiums are under renovations for the 2014 World Cup, leaving the bigger Morumbi stadium the only other available stadium to host the UFC in Sao Paulo. The Morumbi stadium has its problem though, as they don’t meet all of Zuffa’s demands, such as covering the grass in the case of rain. It also does not have the support of the City Administrators.
The UFC ran their Abu Dhabi show without an arena that could handle rain, but then again when you’re throwing a fight in the middle of the desert that probably isn’t exactly the highest concern. Whether the UFC is willing to roll the dice and risk things in a country that’s known for it’s RAIN forests is a whole other ball of wax completely.