The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced its entry in the bastion of One Championship. The American Mixed Martial Arts organisation has tied up with the Singapore Sports Hub and Singapore Tourism Board for annual MMA events in Singapore, the home of rivals One Championship.
UFC has announced the strategic multi-year partnership with the Singapore Sports Hub and the Singapore Tourism Board for the annual MMA events until 2020, or beyond.
The agreement will see the MMA series stage annual events at the Singapore Indoor Stadium until at least 2020. This is the first multi-year live event deal for the UFC in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal comes after the UFC had staged successful events in Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in 2017.
The UFC Fight Night Singapore event in June 2017 between Holly Holm and Bethe Correia had attracted 8,400 fans.
The first UFC Fight Night Singapore event in 2018 will take place on 23rd June, with welterweight veteran Donald Cerrone set to headline, taking on British fighter Leon Edwards.
Light heavyweight knockout specialist Ovince Saint Preux will also be on the card, as the American takes on Australian prospect Tyson Pedro.
Several Asian fighters will also compete, including Japan’s Naoki Inoue and Shinsho Anzai, China’s Yan Xiaonan and Filipino flyweight Jenel Lausa.
Kevin Chang, vice president of the UFC Asia Pacific, said, “After evaluating the success of our events last year, the appetite from our partners and rapidly growing MMA fan base, we feel it is the right time to make the Lion City a regular, annual stop on our live events calendar. Singapore is home to Southeast Asia’s biggest and most talked-about events and remains a key market for us. We look forward to building on our growth from 2017, as we bring fans in this region even closer to world class MMA.”