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Why is Singapore important for the UFC?

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If you look at the map of Asia, you would have never thought that one the smallest countries in the world, would be UFC’s launchpad to make inroads into the Asian market.  Unlike Japan, Singapore’s history in MMA is shallow and has no combat heroes past or present that could rival the likes of Manny Pacquaio of the Philippines or Bruce Lee of Hong Kong. It does not have a martial arts culture compared to the Kung Fu of the Chinese or Taekwondo of the Koreans.  Yet, UFC once again makes its return this weekend after a 3-year absence with an arguably stronger card since its debut in the Lion City. So why is Singapore important for the UFC?

Demographic 

According to the UFC’s senior vice-president, Joe Carr 93 million, or 35 percent of UFC fans hail from the Asia-Pacific, and that one million of the 1.5 million MMA fans in Singapore are UFC fans. That’s a bold number to claim considering Singapore only has a population of little over 5.5million. Such statistics could also be the reason why the promotion decided to hold their event in a bigger and more spacious National Indoor Stadium this time. The organization’s last event in Marina Bay Sands achieved 5,216 in attendance. 

Regional Hub

Evident to the article written by Today this June, UFC is also very much aware that Singapore is a regional hub for South East Asia in particular. Singapore has held a variety of successful sporting events such as the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix that had a three-day total attendance of 219,000 people last year. Since its inaugural race in 2008, F1 has drawn in over 350,000 international visitors and that is a giant number for a small country.

Why not Manila?

Manila was excellent for the UFC until last year where they had to cancel their event in October. It was rumoured that the event was canceled due to conflicts with the drug testing procedure. Though the Filipino authorities belied the rumours, it was a painful experience nonetheless for the UFC. While in Singapore, the Tourism Board is showing strong support and is hopeful of a long-term sustainable partnership.

One Championship

One has achieved tremendous success lately building and marketing their talents and the UFC are looking to harvest the fruits that ONE has grown in South East Asia. In the same article, Carr praised ONE Championship for being “very successful in developing talent”, but believes UFC is the “pinnacle”. “I’m happy that they are growing the sport at the grassroots level in this region and bringing more awareness,” he said. “Ultimately, what happens is (that) talent gravitates to UFC, and fans realise that if they want to see the best fights, competitions and the best product, they’ll obviously find UFC.”

UFC Fight Night: Holm vs Correia will take place on the 17th of June this Saturday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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