UFC president Dana White has been adamant about hosting an event in China as soon as possible, and it appears that he has gotten his wish. The UFC will head to Macau on November 10th for UFC on Fuel 6. The announcement was made on UFC Tonight, and Dana quickly followed up with a tweet about it:
We finally got China done! We're headed to Macau in November!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) July 4, 2012
Macau is a special administrative region of China, similar to Hong Kong (and right beside it). It's also very similar to Las Vegas in many ways and is well-known for being a gambling enclave. The show will take place at the CotaiArena in The Venetian Macao Resort, which features the biggest casino in the world.
Obviously no bouts have been announced for the event as of yet, though it will be very interesting to see how the UFC populates this particular card.
Quotes from the Press Release:
“Breaking into a market with a population of over 1.3 billion is both a testament to the growth of our sport and a long-term challenge we are excited to undertake,” said Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Chairman and CEO. “This is just the first of many world-class fights we plan to hold over the coming years in China, one of the birthplaces of martial arts. The world-class Cotai Arena in Macau is an ideal place to start this journey.”
“This event is a major step in the development of the UFC brand in this region of the world, and China in particular,” noted Mark Fischer, UFC Managing Director of Asia. “We are delighted by this opportunity to build on the media growth and attention we have received and to finally bring a live event in prime time to the millions of fans in this area, and especially to those lucky enough to come and experience all the excitement of the UFC in person.”