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UFC Targeting Four Asian Events in 2013, Interested in TUF: Japan

February 28, 2013 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– UFC Executive Vice President and Managing Director of UFC Asia Mark Fischer recently spoke about running more events in Asia and more. Here are the highlights…

On Doing More Asian Events: “More details to come, but we did two last year with Japan and Macau. “We’re obviously coming back to Japan and we want to come back to Macau, and I think we want to add two more to the schedule and really go from there. We’re looking at trying to do four this year. We would like to move to maybe five or six next year. We’ll see how that goes, but that’s probably the extent of what we can plan today because this is all new to the markets, and we want to see how each thing goes and build from there. But there’s tremendous demand. It’s really just a question of putting the resources together and applying that against the demand the best we can.”

On Where They May Run: “Mainland China and Korea are definitely in consideration,” Fischer said. “In addition, we’re looking at several markets in Southeast Asia. For example, without committing, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore are all in contention for where we may go. Again, there’s a lot of demand from all of those places.”

On The Possibility of TUF: Japan: “We would be very interested to do ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Japan,'” Fischer said. “We don’t have a specific plan yet, but we are in discussion with a number of people. We think it would be a very good initiative to grow the UFC here, as well as the sport of MMA here. So we’re very interested to do that, but a lot of the details have not been set yet.”

On This Weekend’s Event: “It’s a different feeling, but it almost feels like this is a little bit more of a homecoming,” Fischer said. “The first time was a really big, championship fight, but in some ways, this one’s even more exciting because you have a lot of guys coming home, if you will, to Japan – Wanderlei Silva, Mark Hunt, Takanori Gomi with his great history here. I think there are a lot of great stories in this one, really just as much as the first one. It’s a slightly different feeling, but it’s a little bit more of that family type of feeling on this one that feels really good. I just can’t wait until Sunday.”



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