UFC Plans Return to Japanese Soil with Four-Event Series in 2013


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

The UFC plans to return to Japan next year to host four events, UFC executive Mark Fisher recently told NikkanSports.com.

Fisher, the UFC executive vice president and managing director of Asian operations, revealed that the new Japanese event series will be held in small venues in front of about 5,000 spectators and will focus on fighter development in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Japanese shows are expected to receive distinct numbering apart from the UFC’s larger, regular events.

The UFC returned to Japan this past February following an 11-year absence to host UFC 144 at the Saitama Super Arena. The event was attended by 20,000 spectators and featured a title-winning performance from Benson Henderson in the main event, as “Smooth” wrested the lightweight strap from then-champion Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision.

Though longstanding organizations like Shooto and Pancrase still actively hold events, Japan’s two most visible promotions from an international standpoint, Dream and Sengoku, have both ceased operations. From 1997 to 2007, Japan was home to the massively popular Pride Fighting Championships until the promotion lost its domestic television deal and was subsequently sold to UFC parent company Zuffa. Prior to UFC 144, the Las Vegas-based organization had not held an event on Japanese soil since December 2000, when Tito Ortiz defended his light heavyweight championship against Yuki Kondo in the main event of UFC 29.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 29 days ago
  • 62 views

After a four fight run in the welterweight division, Marquardt says God wanted him to head back to 185 lbs. He'll face off against James Te Huna next week at UFC Fightn Night: New Zealand. Following an inglorious dismissal from the Zuffa umbrella, Nate Marquardt finally returned to the UFC in 2013. Since then he's given up back to back losses and is now on a three-fight losing streak. Most recently he was separated from consciousness by Hector Lombard at UFC 166. Scheduled to make his next appea more

  • 25 days ago
  • 45 views

Dan Henderson may eventually return to the middleweight division, but the UFC light heavyweight said it’s not a done deal.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 23 days ago
  • 52 views

Sounds like Montreal mixed martial arts fans will have to wait a little longer for the UFC's return to the Bell Centre. Tom Wright, the managing director for UFC operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, said at the UFC Fight Night 43 post-fight press conference that the promotion will "most likely" move the scheduled Dec. 6 pay-per-view event in Montreal to March 2015. No specific date was announced and Wright didn't provide a reason for the decision. The UFC hasn't held an event in Mont more

  • 23 days ago
  • 35 views

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – With the UFC’s first New Zealand event in the books, the promotion is promising a return to the nation. But first for the region is another visit to the Australian city of Sydney.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 23 days ago
  • 56 views

Oh, Canada. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is coming back to Montreal ... eventually. The world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion today revealed a new date for its return to the Bell Centre in Quebec, Canada. Originally penciled in for Dec. 2014, Managing Director for UFC Operations Tom Wright informed media members at the UFC Fight Night 43 post-fight press conference (watch it) that it was now March of 2015. Sorry 'bout that. It could be that UFC is waiting for a big-money fig more

  • 11 days ago
  • 53 views

Will he or won't he? You'll have to watch Inside MMA on AXS TV to find out. Unless he's moving up to middleweight, Georges St. Pierre probably isn't coming back to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) before year's end, unless stuffing your face with a creamy cone is the latest fad in mixed martial arts (MMA) weight management. Not that I'm judging, mind you. The good news is, we may finally find out if and when the former 170-pound kingpin will make his return to the cage, as "Rush" is schedule more

  • 10 days ago
  • 24 views

UFC fans have grown spoiled over the years. This is not debatable. It is fact. Diehard fans of any sport will find a way to argue anything, and I am being quite literal in my usage of the term "literal." You have a personal list of your own favorite fighters? You can be certain that someone is waiting around the bend, salivating for a chance to tell you why you are a wrong-headed idiot. There is no such thing as personal preference in fandom, because your preference might be different than the g more

  • a day ago
  • 22 views

DUBLIN – Norman Parke lives just about an hour’s drive from Belfast in Northern Ireland, where the UFC held a single event seven years ago. Now he’d like it to return there.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • 29 days ago
  • 102 views

It's been over a year since Diaz last appeared inside the Octagon. While he says some negotiations still stand in the way, Diaz plans to return to the cage by the end of the year. Since rejoining the UFC in 2011, Welterweight Nick Diaz has gone a disappointing 1-2 after three fights inside the Octagon. However, his record doesn't tell the whole story as Diaz has faced off against some of the best the promotion has to offer. He outworked former two-division champ B.J. Penn in his re-debut, follow more