The UFC has announced that it will make its Southeast Asian debut on January 4 with a Singapore event. This will reportedly be the first of several events planned for the region throughout 2014.
The location and broadcasting plans were not revealed, although the UFC plans to release more information in the coming weeks.
“This marks a bold step for UFC’s expansion in Asia and is the first of a series of events in Asia planned for 2014,” said UFC Managing Director of Asia Mark Fischer in a statement. “After kicking off the year in Singapore, our fans can expect several other UFC events around the region on the docket next year, including two more fights at the Venetian’s Cotai Arena in Macau.”
“We know many fans in Singapore and Southeast Asia have been waiting to experience the excitement of a live UFC event, and this will certainly be a great springboard for our continued development in this part of the world,” he concluded.
While the card has not been revealed, the UFC has confirmed that it will feature a mix of established UFC fighters as well as “top Asian prospects.” A Chinese version of The Ultimate Fighter is expected to premiere in November, which may provide a few of these match ups.
According to the official announcement, the UFC has extended its reach to “1.5 billion homes” in Asia since opening its Beijing office in 2010.