At the turn of the year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship stages its first event in South East Asia. The luxurious Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, will have the distinct honor of welcoming the world’s famous octagon to a territory that’s pretty much still new to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
This of course comes as part of the promotion’s efforts to spread its product throughout the Asian region, and with an event that was held in Macau in November of last year, fans can expect the UFC to make more detours outside the North American and European borders in the near future.
Video: UFC Fight Night 34 teaser
UFC Fight Night 34 or UFC: Singapore, takes place January 4 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Top Welterweights Jake Ellenberger (29-7) and Tarec Saffiedine (14-3) collide in the main event in a contest that has huge ramifications in the 170-lbs title picture. Ellenberger is a seasoned UFC vet with well over ten appearances in the promotion, while Saffiedine, a former Strikeforce champ, will be looking to make a statement as gears up for his promotional debut.
The rest of the line-up features a myriad of talents from the South Korean and Japanese MMA scene, as the likes of Tatsuya Kawajiri (32-7-2), Hyun Gyu Lim (12-3-1), Shunichi Shimizu (28-8-10), Kyung Ho Kang (11-7, 1 NC) and Katsunori Kikuno (21-5-2) among others have all been slated to compete in stellar match-ups.
Check out the current line-up below along with a short promo video for the event courtesy of the folks from Straits Times Singapore:
- Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
- Hacran Dias vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
- Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
- Kyung Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu
- Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern