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The UFC will makes its debut in Southeast Asia when it hosts an event in Singapore on Jan. 4, officials today announced.

According to the announcement, it'll be one of "several" events in Asia in 2014.

Venue and broadcast plans weren't announced, and no fights have been booked for the card. Ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

The UFC's recent stops in Asia have included UFC on FUEL TV 8 (Saitama, Japan, in March) and UFC on FUEL TV 6 (Macau in November 2012).

"This marks a bold step for UFC's expansion in Asia and is the first of a series of events in Asia planned for 2014," UFC Managing Director of Asia Mark Fischer stated. "After kicking off the year in Singapore, our fans can expect several other UFC events around the region on the docket next year, including two more fights at the Venetian's Cotai Arena in Macau.

"We know many fans in Singapore and Southeast Asia have been waiting to experience the excitement of a live UFC event, and this will certainly be a great springboard for our continued development in this part of the world."

According to the announcement, the cards will feature a mix of established UFC stars and top Asian prospects. Some of those prospects could come from the upcoming Chinese version of "The Ultimate Fighter," which is expected to debut in November.

Despite Erik Perez's UFC Fight Night 27 loss, UFC still bullish on Mexico
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"Everybody was talking in Boston when we were doing all the stuff around Conor McGregor," White said. "It's what we do – we promote guys. He's from Ireland, he's from Mexico, he's from here, and he's from there. We promote them. It's up to them to keep winning. I don't look at it as, 'Aww, the whole Erik Perez thing is gone.' It just is what it is. Erik Perez will fight again."

Besides, he said, their fighting spirit is more important than a lengthy winning streak.

"Conor's a character, but first and foremost, the dude's a fighter," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "All he wants to do is fight. He wants to fight everybody. It's real easy to promote guys who want to fight and kick ass."

However, according to White, with three straight UFC wins and a steady rise in the UFC's bantamweight ranks, Perez likely was dealing with various factors, including an eight-month injury layoff, increased media attention and tougher competition heading into UFC Fight Night 27.

"Once a guy starts to get the kind hype he was getting, a lot of things affect him," White said. "So I'm sure it was a lot of things. I was hearing rumblings that he didn't want to do any media and he was this and that and all this other stuff. All that bulls--t plays a factor in what happens."

Besides, White said, the UFC isn't limited to just Perez when it heads to Mexico. As he pointed, UFC Fight Night 27 winner and "The Ultimate Fighter 17" champion Kelvin Gastelum (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who made quick work of Brian Melancon (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), has Mexican roots. So, too, does UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.

Win or lose, local or not, some fighters have the X-factor White loves. It's led fighters such as UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to megastar status. It's too soon to know if Perez will ever reach that type of notoriety, but White said he is willing to wait to find out.

"I mean, look at Ronda Rousey," he said. "She's arguably one of the top three biggest stars in the UFC. It's not about anything she does differently. She has that thing. Some people have it, and some people don't. Even a guy like Anderson Silva took some time. Anderson Silva's been winning fights since 2006 or whatever here, and it took a while for people to get into Anderson, too."