UFC to stage annual event in Singapore to 2020
Mixed martial arts' Ultimate Fighting Championship has signed a three-year deal to stage an annual event in Singapore.
It is the first multi-year live event agreement for UFC in the Asia-Pacific region, following 2017 events in Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia drew a crowd of over 8,400 fans at Singapore Indoor Stadium last June.
The series will return to Singapore on 23 June.
Kevin Chang, UFC's vice-president, Asia Pacific, said: “After evaluating the success of our events last year, the appetite from our partners and rapidly growing MMA fan base, we feel it is the right time to make the Lion City a regular, annual stop on our live events calendar.
“Singapore is home to Southeast Asia’s biggest and most talked-about events and remains a key market for us. We look forward to building on our growth from 2017, as we bring fans in this region even closer to world class MMA.”
Rudy Khaw, Group Head of Branding for AirAsia, the airline that will sponsor the 23 June event, added: “We are honoured to help make UFC Fight Night a regular fixture in Singapore’s sporting line-up. This will be the UFC’s first regular live event in the region and, as a truly Asian airline, we are thrilled to be able to bring world-class MMA closer to fans here.”
As part of the live event agreement, UFC will stage regular editions of UFC Fight Night Singapore at Singapore Indoor Stadium as part of a strategic partnership with the Singapore Sports Hub and the Singapore Tourism Board to bring fans in southeast Asia the best possible spectator experience and premium combat sports events.
Adam Firth, chief commercial officer for Sports Hub Pte Ltd, said: “UFC is an undisputed heavyweight in world sport, and the leading MMA franchise globally. UFC Fight Night Singapore continues to be a highlight on our sporting calendar. Together with UFC, we greatly look forward to presenting more world-class mixed martial arts to fans from the region.”