Mixed Martial Arts promotion UFC has announced that it will host a second event in Singapore later this year.
The UFC, which last held an event at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore in 2014, said on Thursday that the octagon will return to the island state on June 17.
The event will take place at the Singapore Indoor Arena, although no further details were provided.
The announcement was made by UFC senior vice president Joe Carr, who told a press conference: “We are definitely (looking at) bringing an exciting fight card to Singapore,” he said. “It is a very meaningful step not only for Singapore, but our businesses in Asia and the region.,” he added.
“We have a ton of room to grow [in Asia],” he added.
Carr said that UFC was aiming to significantly grow its presence in Asia, where it has ran estimated 93 million fans, and help to produce local MMA fighters.
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Commenting on the lack of Asian fighters in the UFC, Carr said: “We don’t have, and we’ve never had, an Asia Pacific champion. That’s very much at the top of our mind as we think about this market – how we take Asian talents to the next level.
“We’re on the verge of signing a premier Chinese fighter. I think it’s only a matter of time before we have an Asian champion.”
Previously, UFC staged three events in Asia in 2015 and five in 2014 including Singapore. It’s only planned event for last year was called off.