The Ultimate Fighting Championship® debuts in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 with UFC® FIGHT NIGHT SINGAPORE: ELLENBERGER vs. SAFFIEDINE. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.
The main card will feature a five-round welterweight bout between two world-class fighters–Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger and former Strikeforce champion Tarec “Sponge” Saffiedine. Ellenberger is #4 in the division, while Belgium-born Saffiedine, is set for his UFC debut in Singapore after posting four straight wins in Strikeforce® to become welterweight champion before the promotion was closed.
The first ever UFC event in Southeast Asia will also showcase the UFC debut performance of long-time Japanese star fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri, riding a five-fight victorious streak, going up against Brazil’s Hacran Dias at featherweight along with a pair of clashes between up-and-coming Japanese and South Koreans: Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Hyun Gyu Lim in a welterweight bout, and Shunichi Shimizu vs. Kyung Ho Kang at bantamweight. Rounding up the card is another UFC debutante Katsunori Kikuno of Japan–also on a five-fight winning streak–taking on Quinn Mulhern at lightweight and other talented MMA fighters from across the continent, with more bouts to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Tickets now on sale! Below’s the seating plan (not drawn to scale).