MIXED martial arts junkies in the Philippines could be in for a rare treat as the Ultimate Fighting Championship is finally exploring the possibility of staging its inaugural edition in the country next year.
UFC Asia executive vice president Mark Fischer was thrilled with the prospect of the world’s premier MMA organization finally lining up a fight card in a country which he believes has one of the best fan bases in the region.
“We would love to come to the Philippines for a fight,” Fischer said on Friday in a press conference announcing Filipino-American UFC fighter Mark Muñoz’s return to his native country. “As I mentioned, this is a great market for us here. I think it has many fans as in anywhere else in Asia.”
The UFC has now had three fight cards in Asia, two in Japan and one in Macau, as part of a 10-fight-card plan in two years in the region.
Fischer said he will use the current Muñoz weekend tour to hold discussions and weigh the chances of UFC staging an event in the country.
“We’re studying it during this trip,” the UFC executive said. “We’ll be talking to several parties about this, but I would like to predict — no commitments here — that we’re gonna be coming to do a fight in Manila in 2014.”
“And this guy is gonna be on the main card,” Fischer added, pointing to Muñoz, who was brought to the country by Balls (SkyCable Channel 34) for the weekend for a series of wrestling clinics, a public training session, and appearances on television shows.