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Tensions rise in Brazil, rioters storm capital just two weeks ahead of UFC 283



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Riots took place in the capital of Brazil just two weeks before UFC 283. Photo via SVT

On Sunday, thousands of supporters of former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro attacked three federal government buildings in the country’s capital Brasília.

The congressional building, the Supreme Court and Planalto Presidential Palace, was all stormed in riots that recalled the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6 two years ago.

Brazilian authorities claimed that the military police had retaken control of the buildings later on Sunday, and hundreds of rioters are reported to have been arrested.

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No change of plans for UFC 283

The unrest in Brazil comes less than two weeks ahead of UFC 283, which will be the promotion’s first event in the country since March 14, 2020.

According to MMA Junkie, a UFC official recently said that there won’t be any change in plans to announce for the upcoming event that will take place on January 21 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. However, the promotion will most likely keep a very close eye on how the situation develops in Brazil in the coming weeks.

In the UFC 283 headliner, former champion Glover Teixeira will clash with No. 7 ranked Jamahal Hill for the vacant light heavyweight title.

In the co-main event, bitter rivals Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno will fight for the fourth time in just two years as they clash for Figueiredo’s flyweight title.

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