A long talked about UFC event in Japan could become a reality before the end of the year according to UFC president Dana White.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s UFC 132 event in Las Vegas White confirmed that like Brazil, Japan could be set for their first helping of UFC action in over a decade.
“The rumor is true, we’re going to come to Japan and probably very soon…this year,” White told reporters at yesterday’s pre-fight press conference.
It certainly makes sense for the UFC to head back into the Asian market at this stage, with there clearly being a gap in the market now that Sengoku has folded and with DREAM struggling to stay afloat.
The UFC have already capitalized on that fact by picking up some key Japanese fighters such as Hatsu Hioki, ‘Kid Yamamoto’, Takanori Gomi and Michihiro Omigawa to go alongside already established UFC stars like Yushin Okami and Yoshihiro Akiyama.
If they are able to replicate what they have done with the upcoming sold-out UFC: Rio event, blending local favorites and big name foreign stars, then they could well make a big impression in another mecca of martial arts.