A number of fight fans around the world have been writing off this Saturday’s “UFC Singapore” as a waste of time. They’re wrong. There are plenty of reasons to watch UFC Singapore this weekend. Here are the top three below:
The Birth of a Top Ten Welterweight
Tarec Saffiedine’s career was on the rise after defeating Nate Marquardt for the Strikeforce title back in January of 2013 but injuries have derailed his quest to the top. With a win on Saturday night Saffiedine can regain much of the momentum that he had. On the other side of the cage will be, Hyun Gyu Lim, a fast rising prospect with knockout power that can change the momentum in any fight. Whoever walks out of the cage victorious Sunday will line themselves up to be a top ten Welterweight in the world.
The Rise or Fall of Asian Mixed Martial Artists
You should watch this card because the future of Asian Mixed Martial Artists in the UFC hangs in the balance. Outside of Yushin Okami there hasn’t been a strong Asian fighter in the UFC. Many have tried and many have failed. A look into the recent past would show you that some of Asia’s biggest names in the sport have trouble when coming over to the UFC.
In 2011 Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto made his debut at UFC 126 against future flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and was thoroughly dominated all three rounds. While this loss wasn’t bad in hindsight his next two losses to Darren Uyenoyma and Vaughn Lee proved that “Kid” was no more than a Japanese MMA myth.
Another example would be the Hatsu Hioki who also made his debut in 2011. Many fans were heralding Hioki as the next title challenger to Jose Aldo before three straight losses to the likes of Ricardo Lamas, Clay Guida, and Darren Elkins derailed all hope of the next dominant Asian fighter in the UFC.
UFC Singapore is full of Asian fighters looking to change the momentum and show that fighters from the Asian MMA circuit can cut it in the big show. Names like Tatsuya Kawajiri, Kyuang Ho Kang, and Katsunori Kikuno are leading the surge to represent Asian Mixed Martial Artists in the UFC.
If the UFC truly intends to have the aggressive Asian expansion that it has been planning then they need a bankable Asian Star.
The search for that star starts this Saturday.
Will UFC Fight Pass Work?
This Saturday’s event is the first event to be live broadcast on the UFC’s new monthly paid digital service “UFC Fight Pass.” The question on the mind of many fans is if the quality of the stream and fights are worth ten dollars each month. This card is full of unknown Asian talent that many may not deem UFC worthy. If they don’t bring a quality fight that UFC fans are expecting then UFC Fight Pass will be off to a horrendous start.