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UFC heading to mainland China for first time Nov. 25

The UFC announced during the UFC 214 pay-per-view that it will be in mainland China’s Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai for the first time Nov. 25.

The company has previously visited the autonomous western region of Macau three times since 2012.

No matches were announced for UFC Fight Night Shanghai, but pre-sale tickets can be purchased starting Aug. 1, before the Aug. 17 official general release date.

According to the UFC press release, ticket categories include: P1 RMB2,980, P2 RMB1,380, P3 RMB1,080, P4 RMB880, P5 RMB680, P6 RMB480, P7 RMB280. 3,000 early bird tickets are also available at a 10 per cent discount in selected P2-P7 categories to the public first between Aug 1 – Aug 15.

“We are always asked when the UFC will be making its debut in mainland China,” UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content, Joe Carr, said.  “We are honoured to confirm that Shanghai will be the home of the very first live UFC event in mainland China and to say that we are excited is an understatement. The entire organization is looking forward to making history this year.

“We anticipate an exciting future in the China market and we look forward to teaming up with the UFC to bring General Tire customers the “Anywhere is Possible” spirit of adventure that speaks to UFC fans worldwide,” Mitchell Golledge, head of marketing at Re PLT Tyres APAC said.

“WME-IMG China is delighted to present UFC – the world’s most recognized MMA brand – to Chinese audiences this November,” added Michael Ma, WME-IMG China CEO. “MMA is developing rapidly in China and amassing a large fan base; this is an exciting first step to making the sport a mainstay here.”

The company will arrange several fighter tours to interact with fans, beginning with undisputed featherweight champion Max Holloway Aug. 3 -4.



Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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