UFC confirms its first-ever event in Beijing

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Song Yadong
Song Yadong, part of a growing stable of top Chinese talent. Photo: David Ash.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading to Beijing.

UFC Fight Night is set for the Cadillac Arena on Saturday 24 November, where the Las Vegas promotion will no doubt put forward its growing stable of top Chinese talent.

The news, announced on the UFC 227 broadcast in Los Angeles earlier today, could not have come at a better time for UFC.

The promotion’s Chinese athletes have been successful inside the Octagon in recent months. That includes newcomer Zhang Weili, who lit up UFC 227 Sunday morning with a comprehensive victory over American Danielle “Dynamite” Taylor.

“China is the next frontier for the growth of UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts, and this market is paramount to our success internationally,” UFC Vice President of Asia-Pacific Kevin Chang said in a statement.

“We are excited to bring our next live event to China’s capital and show the world just how far we have come.”

For the past several years, UFC has built a strong talent base in the world’s most-populated country. Fans have witnessed the sharp rise of local athletes such as Li Jingliang, Song Yadong, Yan Xiaonan, Song Kenan, and Pingyuan Liu, who have put their respective divisions on notice.

A limited amount of discounted Early Bird Tickets on sale and will sell as low as RMB 280. UFC VIP Experience package will sell for as much as RMB 16,680. Details about UFC Fight Night Beijing will be announced in coming weeks.

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