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If Brazil isn’t the birthplace of the UFC, it is at least the playground for the promotion’s formative years. The inaugural event in 1993 took place in Denver, and the company’s first 15 fight cards all happened in the United States. It took the UFC nearly five years before finally lugging the Octagon down to Brazil.

But those early days played out as essentially a showcase for the little-known martial arts discipline of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Its leading purveyor at the time, Royce Gracie, won three of the UFC’s first four one-night tournaments, his slender efficiency stunningly getting the best of a jacked-up parade of brutes. And through the years that have followed, Brazil has produced more than a dozen UFC champions and several of the greatest fighters in history, from Anderson Silva to Jose Aldo, Cris Cyborg to Amanda Nunes.

It will be a big night for Brazilian fighters when the UFC returns to Brazil on Saturday for the first time since the dawn of the COVID pandemic nearly three years ago. One of those fighters will share a history-making moment with his opponent, and another will move closer to uncharted accomplishment. Those are at the top of the bill among many pivotal moments on the UFC 283 menu.

The main event in Rio de Janeiro features Glover Teixeira, born some 350 miles away in Minas Gerais. He faces Jamahal Hill for the vacant light heavyweight championship, and a Teixeira victory would give him his second title reign. In 2021, Teixeira became the oldest first-time champ in UFC history, at age 42. The…

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