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UFC is heavily investing in China, but it’s unclear if the government is matching their interest.

Phuket Top Team is one of the top Muay Thai/MMA crossover gyms in Thailand with quite a few UFC vets among their roster and plenty of fighters who fight regionally all over Asia. The team’s Twitter account revealed that the Chinese government was already cracking down on inked up fighters, forcing them to cover their skin art with rash guards or tape.

It seems the situation has worsened, as now tattooed fighters — which, if you haven’t been paying attention, is the vast majority of them — are getting ignored by promoters entirely.

UFC is planning to visit Shenzhen, Guangdong, China in just seven weeks, an event headlined by Strawweight queen Jessica Andrade against China’s Weili Zhang. That’s the only fight booked currently, but we already have an issue: Andrade has numerous tattoos on her shoulders and arms. Though it’s a less immediate problem, Song Yadong is perhaps the best Chinese prospect in the sport right now, and he’s got some ink on his calf. Will this affect his ability to fight in China in the future or potentially stop him from becoming the face of Chinese MMA as many hope?

All in all, this makes for an interesting dynamic. Assuming that tape and rash guards are still an option for willing promoters, UFC could just force Andrade (and pretty much everyone else booked on the card) to cover up. Given UFC’s desire for unvarying consistency and the specifics of the Reebok uniform, I could see the organization resisting such an effort, which would look pretty silly.

Perhaps the organization has enough pull (cash) to simply ignore this detail. At any rate, with only one fight officially booked on the card, I issue a challenge to MMAmania readers: fill the rest of the event with appropriate fights between non-tattooed fighters. It’ll be a challenge!

Tattoo Artists React To UFC Fighters' Tattoos

Tattoo Artists React To UFC Fighters' Tattoos

Posted by MMA mania on Wednesday, November 8, 2017


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