UFC GYM announced April 10 a partnership with Taiwanese Life Wellness International Development with intent to open 10 locations in Taiwan, including a 35,000-square foot flagship in the capital city of Taipei which will open in June.

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“We’re thrilled to launch this landmark partnership with Life Wellness to expand UFC GYM’s global footprint throughout Taiwan,” UFC GYM president Adam Sedlack said in a press release. “Taiwanese are now focusing on their health more than ever and UFC GYM is a perfect fit to help Taiwan’s fitness enthusiasts train different while striving to achieve their individual goals.”

The flagship UFC GYM will be built at the address of B1, No. 27, An-Ho Road, Section 1.

“Combat sports transform people from within,” Life Wellness International Developmen CEO Hank Wu added. “Sports and competition strengthen your mind, body and soul. I’m a firm believer that incorporating various martial arts disciplines should be standard practice among fitness activities. Life Wellness and UFC GYM are proud to embark on this partnership to bring this unique form of fitness training to the citizens of Taiwan, while creating a positive environment. Taiwanese people are known to be some of the friendliest and most hospitable people in the world. They deserve better – they deserve UFC GYM.”

Since debuting in 2009, UFC GYM has opened more than 135 locations throughout the United States, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Oman, Philippines, South America, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates. The fitness franchise has continued to grow at a rapid pace with more than 50 locations opening in the past two years and over 50 gyms expected to open in the next year.

“UFC has a tremendous fan base across Asia and we’re excited that UFC GYM will bring its unique training methods to this market,” UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content Joe Carr said. “UFC GYM is a perfect brand extension of our organization that helps introduce the sport and values of mixed martial arts to audiences of all ages.”

Since 2009, UFC GYM now operates in more than 135 countries  – including Canada – with fighters like B.J Penn, Michael Bisping and Cub Swanson attaching their names as owners.

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