Mark Fischer gave a myriad of updates on the Asian side of the UFC's plans, and among the news announced is the signing of Taiwan's Rocky Lee. The Managing Director of UFC Asia broke the news to MMA-in-Asia.com, stating that the unbeaten prospect is set to make his debut at the upcoming UFC: Macau card this August.
The 27-year-old is 3-0 in his MMA career and has competed under the PRO FC and Legend FC banners around Asia. No opponent has been named yet, but an announcement is expected to happen soon.
Also confirmed by Fischer to be on the Macau line up are several TUF: China competitors. The Featherweight finals between Yang Jianping and Ning Guangyou has been announced, along with other fighters such as the TUF welterweight winner Zhang Lipeng, and Anying Wang who will appear on separate bouts. Both men registered their first official UFC victories last March, and will look to follow up with another win in front of a partisan crowd on August.
Among the other news announced was the plans of hosting shows with Korea and Philippines as their next destinations. The Manila card that was planned for 2014 was scrapped at the last minute, with Fischer mentioning a 'strong sponsor' that had to pull back a bit, causing the delay in their long overdue Philippine event.
They say it's now penciled in for early 2015, although with the multiple postponements throughout the years, no one can blame Filipinos if they don't hold their breath for it.
Here's a rundown of the other news from the head of UFC's Asian division:
- UFC now reaches 448 million homes with various TV deals across Asia.
- 12 Chinese fighters are in the UFC roster, including several fighters that were not from TUF: China.
- UFC plans to go to mainland China, but they want to do a big show, instead of rushing "to go there just to say that we went there".