UFC scouring for Asian fighters

first_imgWATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “Our challenge is more in Southeast Asia in finding talent from this market.”Li Jingliang is the sole Chinese fighter on Saturday’s card — compatriot Wang Guan pulled out due to an injury — which is topped by Holly Holm’s fight against Bethe Correia of Brazil.Carr said it was harder to find top-quality fighters in Southeast Asia, although the Philippines’ Rolando Dy is also on the Singapore card.“The challenge in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore is that there’s not any fighters that can compete at the highest levels of the UFC,” he said.“But we’re actively searching for those guys and when we find promising young prospects, we focus on bringing them to the US and fighter development program and have them train at the best gyms have them hone their skills.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UFC will also hold an event in Tokyo in September and is planning a third Asian fight night in November, said Joe Carr, head of international and content.But he said unearthing home-grown fighters was “the most important piece of our business”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You look around the world, any market we’ve had tremendous amounts of success is because we’ve had local talent emerge,” Carr said.“We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been successful in Korea, Japan and some of the North Asian countries, we’ve been successful there. McGregor backers: Mayweather fight is no sideshow View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Particularly if we feel we’re going to make (Singapore) an annual event, we’re gonna be very focused on finding more talent in this region.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – UFC president Dana White speaks with the media during a media day for UFC 207, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Leading mixed martial arts promoter UFC is planning to hold three-four events a year in Asia and is scouring the region for fighters, a senior executive told AFP.Las Vegas-based UFC, which made stars of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, is making a concerted bid to establish a presence in the region, starting with an event in Singapore on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIESlast_img

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