The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be making trips to Singapore a regular thing for the next few years.
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced Monday that it has reached a multi-year deal to visit Singapore with annual fight cards for the next three years. Further details regarding the deal are currently unclear.
The agreement begins with UFC Fight Night 132, which takes place at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 23 and is headlined by a welterweight clash between Donald Cerrone and Leon Edwards. The card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass, though a start time was not revealed.
“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,” UFC Vice President, Asia Pacific Kevin Chang said in a release. “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.”
The deal marks the first multi-year agreement for the UFC in the Asia-Pacific region. The promotion traveled to Singapore last year for UFC Fight Night 111, which saw Holly Holm knock out Bethe Correia in the third round of their main event bout. The UFC also held events Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand in 2017.
According to the release, “as part of the agreement, UFC has pledged to bring their fans in Asia even more opportunities to meet, train and watch the world’s finest MMA athletes from around the globe. UFC will stage regular editions of UFC Fight Night Singapore all of which will be hosted at Singapore Indoor Stadium as part of a strategic partnership to bring fans in southeast Asia the best possible spectator experience and premium combat sports events.”