Copacabana beach, where UFC open training session will be held. Photo: Wikipedia
If you’re thinking UFC Rio only starts Saturday, that’s because you don’t know about how the official programming the promotion puts together before all their shows. For Rio, the programming starts today. Check it out:
UFC® RIO: SILVA vs. OKAMI
Monday, August 22
18:00 – 19:30: JOSÉ ALDO AUTOGRAPH SESSION – Lojas Americanas, Barrashopping, Av. das Américas, 4.666 – Loja C / Piso Américas
19:00 – 20:30: VITOR BELFORT AUTOGRAPH SESSION – Centauro, Norte Shopping, Av. Dom Hélder Camara, 5474 | Cachambi :: second floor – loja 3806
Tuesday, August 23
14:30 – 16:30: UFC IN THE COMMNITY / UPP EVENT, with José Aldo, Junior Cigano and Lyoto Machida. Nobre Arte gym in Cantagalo Community, Rua Alberto de Campos, 12, Ipanema
(Press meeting place: General Osório Subway station on corner of Teixeira de Melo and Barão da Torre)
1900 – 20:30: AUTOGRAPH SESSION WITH VITOR BELFORT, Centauro, Shopping Leblon, Av. Afrânio de Melo Franco, 290 :: first floor, loja 107A
Wednesday, August 24
UFC RIO OPEN WORKOUTS – Copacabana Beach – In front of Hotel Copacabana Palace, 1pm–2:30pm (open training). Participants: Yushin Okami & Forrest Griffin, Brendan Schaub & Mauricio Rua, Minotauro Nogueira & Anderson Silva.
Thursday, August 25
11:30 – 14:00: UFC RIO PRE-EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE BROADCAST LIVE VIA SATELIETE from Crystal Room – Copacabana Palace Hotel
Av. Atlântica 1702, Copacabana. Participants: Dana White, UFC president; Anderson Silva, Yushin Okami, Mauricio Rua, Forrest Griffin, Minotauro Nogueira and Brendan Schaub.
15:30 – 17:30: SURFING LESSON WITH UFC FIGHTERS – Arpoador Beach – Meeting place – Posto 7. Fighters José Aldo, Royce Gracie, Lyoto Machida and Júnior Cigano join Ring Girls Arianny Celeste and Chandella Powell for surfing lessons from local surfers.
Friday, August 26
UFC RIO weigh-ins and Q&A, HSBC Arena – Av. Embaixador Abelardo Bueno, 3401, Barra da Tijuca.
14:30 – 15:30: UFC RIO Questions and Answers, moderated by Vitor Belfort, with Royce Gracie, José Aldo, Lyoto Machida, Júnior Cigano
16:00: UFC RIO – WEIGH-INS
Saturday, August 27
17:00: Doors open
19:00: First preliminary card fight
21:00: Live – Spike TV
22:00: Main card begins, UFC Rio live broadcast begins
01:00: UFC RIO fights end
01:30: UFC RIO post-fight press conference