The UFC Releases Official Announcement for First Korean Event
On May 16, the UFC announced that South Korea will host its first official live event on November 28, in Seoul’s Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. This not only marks the third event to be held in Asia this year, but reaffirms that there is great growth opportunities within the different Asian countries.
Speaking about the event, Executive Vice President and General Manager, UFC Asia, Kenneth Berger said, “The UFC in Asia is growing at an impressive pace and this even in Seoul will mark our second new market this year. South Korea has some of Asia’s best MMA athletes and this event is fully expected to illustrate just how powerful and technical these fighters have become.”
Such fighters to come out of South Korea include Dong Hyun Kim, Chan Sung Jung, and Hyun Gyu Lim. As the fastest-growing sports organization in the world, the UFC has signed nearly 40 Asian fighters, and with the expansion into the different Asian regions, that number will continue to grow. So far, fans have only been able to watch their favorite fighters in Macao, Manila, Singapore, and Tokyo.
Fans have already embraced the news, with many sharing who they hope to see on the main event card, including “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung and Yoshihiro Akiyama, also known as Choo Sung-hoon. But as the fight is still over six months away, an official event list has yet to be announced. We expect to hear news about the cards in the coming months as more news about this announcement comes to light.
As of right now, an official Fight Night number hasn’t been announced, but it has been presumed that the November 28 fight will be UFC Fight Night 83. The fight will be broadcast worldwide in hopes to give international fans a taste of the support the South Korean fans have for MMA.