Quick, think about what you’ll be doing from 6:30 a.m. ET/3:30 a.m. PT – 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT
If your answer isn’t ‘working at my job’ then you simply have no excuse for missing UFC Fight Night 34 from Singapore this Saturday morning.
This card is getting a ton of slack for not having a lineup worthy of PPV status and a main card stricken with injury. I’m here to eliminate the doubt and help you justify putting off sleep at least for a few hours to make sure you catch what will be a fantastic card.
If you’re a fight fan, you will push through this minor problem and either wake up early or put off sleep to watch what could turn in to one of the best free cards of the year and the first card of 2014, live and free via the UFC Fight Pass.
Fan favorites such as Max Holloway and Tatsuya Kawajiri split airtime between the preliminary and main cards while the final Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine will make his anticipated debut in the Octagon, the last Strikeforce champion to make such a debut outside of the former promotion.
Another reason to cling to this card early Saturday morning is that with a card so full of Asian talent, perhaps we will see the making of an Asian UFC fighter who finally lives up to the prominence of other fighters from outside the states.
One man on the card with some of the most potential to achieve greatness inside the Octagon is headliner Hyun Gyu Lim, who will face Saffiedine. Lim returns from a blistering TKO over Pascal Krauss, and with a win over Saffiedine, especially an impressive one, Lim will make a leap up the rankings and most likely fight a ranked opponent for the duration of his UFC career. It isn’t far outside the realm of possibility in a division devoid of a champion and filled with challengers.
Still on the fence? Maybe its the fact that the fight is exclusive through the UFC Fight Pass.
It’s free. 100% free in fact until February 28th when the free trial begins (billing of $9.99 a month starts on March 1st). This means that you can catch the entire card live from the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore.
I spoke to UFC Fight Night 34’s Max Holloway about why fans shouldn’t opt out of watching this free card.
“What you said man, it’s free for the first two months, you can’t pass it up, it’s pretty much a free UFC card for them. It’s crazy, this card is a bunch of newtimers but these Asian guys bring it,” Holloway said. “I always tell fans it’s a stacked card and it’s a bunch of [newcomers] so you know when [newcomers] fight they fight fast and they fight hard so it might be a card of finishes.”
Holloway (7-3) will battle Will Chope (19-5) on the final fight of the preliminary card which is also available on the UFC Fight Pass.
Along with access to this live event, those who sign up will be granted access to the most extensive library of UFC fights ever as they can choose between any event the UFC has ever put in all the way up to UFC 167 which stands as the most recent upload to the archive with UFC 168 surely on the way.
A huge library of Pride FC, WEC, Strikeforce and Affliction fights are also available all for free and ready to watch whenever you feel inclined to relive history over and over again. This service will pay for itself in the first day.
UFC Fight Night 34 takes place at the Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore. It will air live in the United States, Canada and South America at 6:30 a.m. ET/3:30 a.m. PT for the preliminary card and 9 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT. For Holloway’s native Hawaii, the preliminary card starts at 10:30 p.m. With Holloway fighting around 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
You can subscribe to the UFC Fight Pass here.