For other cities or countries hoping the UFC pays them a first visit, they’re now on notice: The welcome wagon bar has been set pretty high.

The UFC was given a traditional “Haka” welcome by the Maori, an indigenous warrior people in New Zealand, when it touched down in Auckland this week for UFC Fight Night 43.

In the video above, check out part of the Maori’s welcome to the UFC. Below, hear New Zealand native and event headliner James Te Huna talk about what seeing the ceremony meant to him. And hear from co-main event heavyweights Soa Palelei and Jared Rosholt, as well.

UFC Fight Night 43 takes place Saturday at Vector Arena in Auckland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC Fight Night 43, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

'Countdown to UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2' debuts Sunday on FS1

  • 24 days ago

The UFC’s traditional pre-event show returns Sunday with the debut of “Countdown to UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2” on FS1.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Tony Ferguson: 'I hope Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor knock each other out'

  • 20 days ago

UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson is hoping to see something extraordinary when Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor throw down at UFC 205 in New York CityFollowing his second round submission win over Lando read news >>

Ryan Couture Excited for Bellator 162 Grappling Battle |

  • 6 days ago

Ryan Couture is hoping to get back on track at Bellator 162, but he's also excited for the potential grappling challenge in front of him. read news >>

UFC: Lorenz Larkin Hoping Free Agency Will Pay Off

  • a day ago

Now a free agent, UFC middleweight Lorenz Larkin is looking for more than just a new contract.With free agency being such a huge deal now days, more and more fighters are dipping their toes into the read news >>