UFC returns to China with August event in Shenzhen

Discussion in 'Cageside - MMA Discussion' started by Wild, May 20, 2019.

  1. Wild

    Wild TMMAC's Most Handsome Admin
    Admin

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    54,955
    Ratings:
    +111,034
    [​IMG]

    The UFC has announced their next event in Asia, with the promotion returning to China on August 31. The event will be held in Shenzhen, at the Universiade Sports Centre.

    The event will be broadcast on ESPN+, and while no bouts have been announced just yet, it is expected to feature the #6 ranked strawweight Weili Zhang. The 29-year-old Chinese fighter has gone 3-0 in the UFC, and most recently defeated contender Tecia Torres last March.

    The event is also likely to feature the bulk of the Chinese fighters in the UFC roster such as Li Jingliang and Song Yadong, along with some of their other fighters from the Asian region.

    This marks the UFC’s third event in Mainland China in as many years,…


    UFC returns to Mainland China with August event in Shenzhen
     
    • Winner Winner x 1
  2. Wild

    Wild TMMAC's Most Handsome Admin
    Admin

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2014
    Messages:
    54,955
    Ratings:
    +111,034
    How many fighters will the average fan know on this card? Guarantee it won't be many.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  3. Chromium

    Chromium Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2016
    Messages:
    711
    Ratings:
    +1,153
    Chinese MMA has gotten to the point where they've managed to produce a couple of respectable midcarders, and a couple of hanger-oners. This is good progress, but it still doesn't mean they deserve annual UFC cards. The fanbase isn't really there yet. The interest isn't there yet. Even with all of China's money, not a lot of people within reasonable traveling distance inside China want to spend it on MMA yet. And unlike most or all of the previous Chinese shows, this one isn't at a casino with a close relationship with the Fertitas, which probably made things a lot smoother to book at least.

    Meanwhile Korea has both some pretty decent talent, a fair amount of MMA fans, a much higher GDP per capita, and 50 million people in an area smaller than Ohio. I'm sure there's more factors, but I really don't get why the UFC is throwing China so much more love than anywhere else in Asia. They're only the third best Asian MMA market at most.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  4. RaginCajun

    RaginCajun I Like Gifs

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2015
    Messages:
    13,034
    Ratings:
    +34,180
  5. Shang Tsong2

    Shang Tsong2 ATM 3 CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
    First 100

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2015
    Messages:
    5,278
    Ratings:
    +23,299
    Song yadong!

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Shang Tsong2

    Shang Tsong2 ATM 3 CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
    First 100

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2015
    Messages:
    5,278
    Ratings:
    +23,299
    About fucken time he was back on the cards. Dude is a killing machine. Greatest fighter of all time and he's only 12 years old!
     
Draft saved Draft deleted