The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the largest mixed martial art in the world, to debut in Korea. Its domestic promotion agency on Sunday announced that UFC Fight Night will be held at Seoul`s Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena on Nov. 28. Having begun in the U.S. in 1993, the championship has been dubbed as a major league of mixed martial art. Entering the 2000s, it purchased Japans Pride Fighting Championship, dominating the global mixed martial art market.
In an effort to expand its Asian market, the UFC set up its Asian branch in August 2010 and held its fighting match in Tokyo, Manila, Macau and Singapore. With a number of successful fighters in the UFC, South Korea has drawn upon its martial arts legacy to nurture and develop some of the top stars in the sport. Athletes such as Kim Dong-hyeon, Jeong Chan-seong and Im Hyeon-gyu have proven the quality of mixed martial arts (MMA) in South Korea. Additionally, UFC fighter and celebrity Chu Seong- hoon, also known as Yoshihiro Akiyama, has a huge following in the region and has been a great global ambassador of Korean MMA for over a decade, said the UFC.
The UFC in Asia is growing at an impressive pace. South Korea has some of Asias best MMA athletes, and this event is fully expected to illustrate just how powerful and technical these fighters have become, said Ken Berger, Executive Vice President of the UFC. It is expected that Korean top fighters such as Kim Dong-hyun (Team MAD), Im Hyun-gyu, Bhang Tae-hyeon and Chu Seong-hoon would fight in the November match.