The UFC continues to sign Asian prospects to fill their line up for their inaugural trip to Singapore. As UFC officials have confirmed, Filipino URCC champion Dave Galera (5-0) has signed with the promotion and will be taking on fellow newcomer, Royston Wee (2-0) in his home country. The bout will be part of the UFC Fight Night 34 card, and an official announcement is expected to be made tomorrow.
Galera is the first Filipino National to be signed by the UFC and he trains out of Team Lakay, the Philippines' top MMA camp that has constantly produced stars in the region. He's unbeaten in 5 contests with all wins coming by stoppage, and he recently won the URCC bantamweight title on his last bout. Although not as seasoned or experienced as his more established teammates such as Kevin Belingon, Rey Docyogen or Eduard Folayang, "The Scarecrow" has definitely showed some promise on his relatively young MMA career.
His opponent in Wee on the other hand is 2-0 so far, and will be fighting in front of his home country as the first Singaporean to fight in the big show. He trains at Impact MMA and has claimed a couple of submission wins at Malaysian Fighting Championship.
A third bantamweight has also been signed for the card as Evolve MMA founder Chatri Sityodtong has announced that ONE FC star Leandro Issa (11-3) has been picked up by the UFC and is set to debut against a yet to be named opponent. The Brazilian BJJ Blackbelt is a product of Evolve MMA, and has been living and training in Singapore for the past few years. He's one of the country's more popular adopted stars, and holds quality wins over Masakazu Imanari and Yusup Saadulaev.
Although Issa has been announced to be taking on Koetsu Okazaki at ONE FC 13 in Manila, it looks like the bout will be scrapped and Victor Cui has agreed to release the fighter to pave way for a UFC berth. Sityodtong also mentioned that other Evolve MMA stars such as Shinya Aoki and Eddie Ng have both decided to decline offers from the UFC and will be staying with ONE FC "due to more favorable economics".