Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials today (Aug. 29) confirmed that the promotion's first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) show in Singapore would be taking place at Marina Bay Sands on January 4, 2014. There is no word yet on whether it will be getting underway on Saturday night (U.S. time) or Sunday morning (local time).
UFC has been in Singapore this week, where former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin did a demonstration for the media at a hotel, while Managing Director of Asian Operations, Mark Fischer, spoke to media.
"This marks a bold step for UFC's expansion in Asia and is the first of a series of events in Asia planned for 2014. After kicking off the year in Singapore, our fans can expect several other UFC events around the region on the docket next year, including two more fights at the Venetian's Cotai Arena in Macau. We know many fans in Singapore and Southeast Asia have been waiting to experience the excitement of a live UFC event, and this will certainly be a great springboard for our continued development in this part of the world."
ONE FC is headquartered in Singapore and this could be the beginning of a burgeoning rivalry between two of the biggest MMA promotions on the planet. ONE FC has put on four shows at the 12,000 capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium to date, with another booked for October 18.
UFC will be adapting a room in the basement of the nearby Marina Bay Sands to hold approximately 5,000 people. No details about the fight card have been revealed so far, but an announcement is expected in October.