UFC Confirms First Card in China Set For November 10th
By FCF Staff
For some time, UFC President Dana White has discussed his intentions to hold an event in China, and now the promotion has confirmed that it will do so, November 10th, in Macau.
The card will be hosted by the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel’s Cotai Arena, a 15,000 seat venue in the southern territory, which like Hong Kong, is a special administrative region of China.
“Breaking into a market with a population of over 1.3 billion is both a testament to the growth of our sport and a long-term challenge we are excited to undertake,” Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Chairman and CEO was quoted saying in a press release from the promotion. “This is just the first of many world-class fights we plan to hold over the coming years in China, one of the birthplaces of martial arts. The world-class Cotai Arena in Macau is an ideal place to start this journey.”
“Sands China is thrilled to introduce UFC to Macao for the first time,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sands China Ltd. “Our continuing mission is to bring the best entertainment events to the region, cementing Macau’s place as Asia’s entertainment hub. It’s our pleasure to be working with the UFC organization to bring such a major sporting event for the enjoyment of Macau’s visitors and locals alike.”
No details regarding the card were announced, however, the event will be broadcast on FUEL TV in the U.S.
“This event is a major step in the development of the UFC brand in this region of the world, and China in particular,” noted Mark Fischer, UFC Managing Director of Asia. “We are delighted by this opportunity to build on the media growth and attention we have received and to finally bring a live event in prime time to the millions of fans in this area, and especially to those lucky enough to come and experience all the excitement of the UFC in person.”