"Let's be clear: There's no chance that the event will be canceled," UFC Managing Director of International Development Marshall Zelaznik today said. "We have seen the reports, but we haven't received anything official from any of the government authorities about the investigation being reported. I can tell you that when we get the materials that not only will the UFC but our partners at IMX will cooperate fully."
Zelaznik insists that the relationship between the UFC and the Brazilian government is not strained.
"We've been speaking with the government here for over two years now, and the government here has opened their arms to us," Zelaznik said. "We're proud to be here, and we're willing to cooperate in any way necessary to make sure there isn't any stain, if you will, from the headline that we've seen."
"UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping," known in Brazil as "UFC: Sao Paulo," takes place Jan. 19 at Sao Paulo's Ibirapuera Gymnasium.
"I can tell you that we're not swayed at all in our commitment to the city of Sao Paulo and to the country of Brazil," Zelaznik said. "We'll be back, and this is nothing more than getting the information in the right peoples' hands so they can come out with the right conclusion."