UFC officials confirmed UFC 163 will take place August 3 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The promotion stated that the event is likely to return to the HSBC Arena but the contracts have yet to be finalized
The UFC confirmed that a UFC featherweight title fight between champion José Aldo and Anthony Pettis will headline the August fight card. A welterweight bout pitting Demian Maia against Josh Koscheck was also confirmed for the fight card. More bouts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The UFC was last at the HSBC Arena for UFC 153 last October. The card, headlined by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva taking on Stephan Bonnar at light heavyweight, saw an attendance of 16,844 and generated a live gate around $2.5-million dollars.