UFC® Continues Expansion In China With Series Of Historic Milestones
- UFC Performance InstituteÒ Officially Opens In Shanghai
- China to Host its First-Ever UFC Championship Event on August 31 in Shenzhen
- Tickets on Sale Now for UFC Fight Night®: Andrade Vs. Zhang
June 24, 2019 // Franchising.com // SHANGHAI and LAS VEGAS - UFC®, the world’s premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization, today announced a series of historic milestones that will continue to drive the company’s ambitious growth plans in China.
The first milestone marks a culmination of more than a year of planning and construction, as UFC celebrates the grand opening of the UFC Performance Institute® Shanghai, the world’s largest, state-of-the-art MMA training and development facility. Nearly three times as large as the original UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, the 93,000 square-foot facility in Shanghai will serve as a training hub to develop and support the next generation of MMA athletes from mainland China and the greater Asia-Pacific region.
UFC will also utilize the building as its headquarters in Asia, housing UFC employees and UFC Performance Institute staff, including experts in the fields of MMA, strength and conditioning, sports science, physical therapy and nutrition. Additional features will include hospitality suites, dining, retail services, and a fan experience area.
The grand opening of UFC Performance Institute Shanghai comes as UFC prepares for a historic live event in China this August that will mark a series of “firsts” for the company.
On Saturday, August 31, UFC will make its debut in Shenzhen – the company’s third live event in Mainland China in three years. UFC Fight Night®: Andrade Vs. Zhang,, presented by AirAsia, will be held at Universiade Sports Centre and will feature the first-ever UFC championship fight held in China, as well as the first-ever Chinese athlete to compete for a UFC title.
UFC Fight Night®: Andrade Vs. Zhang, is headlined by a strawweight championship showdown, as newly crowned champion Jessica Andrade looks to defend her title for the first time when she takes on no. 6-ranked contender Weili Zhang. Andrade (20-6, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is the no. 15-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world and is on a mission to build her legacy as the new champion by stopping Zhang’s 19-fight win streak.
Meanwhile, Zhang (19-1, fighting out of Beijing, China) is the highest-ranked Chinese UFC athlete in history and has had 16 of 19 wins via finish, including nine by KO and seven by submission, with ten first-round finishes.
UFC is working together with Endeavor China, a subsidiary of Endeavor, to deliver UFC Fight Night®: Andrade Vs. Zhang, as successfully as UFC’s two previous events in China – Shanghai in 2017 and Beijing in 2018.
Damai Sports is the official co-promoter of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ANDRADE vs. ZHANG, which is also supported by China Boxing Federation and Shenzhen Longgang Administration of Culture, Television and Radio, Sports and Tourism.
Tickets for UFC Fight Night®: Andrade Vs. Zhang are on-sale now via Damai.cn and Ticketflap.com.
Ticket Prices are as follows: Floor:12,880 RMB/8,880 RMB/4,880 RMB/2,880 RMB; Riser:1,880 RMB/1,280 RMB/880 RMB/680 RMB/480 RMB/380 RMB/280 RMB.
More bouts for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ANDRADE vs. ZHANG will be announced in the coming weeks, and fans can keep up to date with the latest event information by following UFC on Weibo: @UFC, Wechat: UFC(ufcofficial) , Facebook (UFC Asia), Twitter and Instagram (@ufc). For event livecast, please follow PPTV Sports and BesTV.
UFC®, is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. UFC boasts more than 300 million fans worldwide, including 70 million social media followers across all of its digital platforms, and its programming is broadcast in over 170 countries and territories to one billion TV households worldwide in 40 different languages. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually and consistently sells out some of the world’s most prestigious arenas. Since 2001, UFC has been proudly headquartered in Las Vegas, supported by a network of employees around the world. UFC’s current roster of athletes features more than 570 men and women representing over 55 countries. UFC FIGHT PASS®, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand, and original content to fans around the world. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment, and fashion leader Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR, in what is among the largest transactions in sports history. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.
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