Asian MMA is shifting again into the locus of UFC followers, and a set of the continent’s highest prospects kick off an enormous weekend of MMA in Singapore. 4 eight-man tournaments that includes fighters from China, South Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand start at the moment and tomorrow within the Lion Metropolis. Keep tuned proper right here for full stay protection of the fights and Street to UFC outcomes.
Street to UFC – Redemption and Revelation
One of many greatest losers within the MMA world from the Covid-19 pandemic was fighters residing in Asian nations. Reside MMA occasions, particularly these with a crowd, have been gradual to return. The UFC’s bold plans for nations like Singapore and China have been cancelled, and the UFC Efficiency Institute in Shanghai closed typically from lockdown insurance policies. The UFC additionally scrapped a deliberate Contender Series Asia program, scheduled for the summer time of 2020.
The comfort for the cancelled Asian season 0f Contender Collection is Road to UFC– 4 eight-man tournaments that includes Asian fighters from weight courses flyweight to light-weight. To pay Singapore followers again for its absence, the UFC is internet hosting all nineteen fights without spending a dime within the Singapore Indoor Stadium all through the 2 days earlier than the large UFC 275 pay-per-view in the identical enviornment.
The event discipline is deep and really does collect a lot of Asia’s greatest expertise, and plenty of might be signed to the UFC instantly. Viewers of Dana White’s Contender Collection will acknowledge Chinese language names like Qiulun (combating at the moment) and Xie Bin (combating on June tenth). Followers of Korean promotions resembling ROAD FC and Double G FC will likely be excited for former champions Kim Min Woo and Hong Jun Yeong to compete.
Whereas many assume that the extra recognizable names from China, South Korea, and Japan, anticipate a couple of extra unknown names from India and Indonesia to change into darkish horses. Pawan Maan of India possesses lights out KO energy and faces late alternative Jeka Saragih of Indonesia. One Satisfaction MMA (a key Indonesian promotion) flyweight champion Rama Supandhi has completed seven of his eight wins by submission.
Street to UFC Guidelines
This week’s fights represent the primary of three rounds of the 4 tournaments set to happen this yr. The second and semi-final spherical will happen within the fall at a location to be introduced, with the finals occurring on the preliminary card of a UFC occasion on the yr’s finish. A couple of extra guidelines:
- The fights are scheduled for 3 five-minute rounds, with a fourth sudden-death spherical ought to the combat be scored a draw after three rounds.
- All fights depend towards the fighters’ skilled information
- Within the case that one fighter falls out and a alternative opponent can’t be discovered, the remaining fighter will advance to the subsequent spherical.
- Within the above state of affairs, the remaining fighter should make their contracted weight to advance and obtain their present and win cash.
- The winner of the ultimate bout of every event will obtain a multi-bout contract with the UFC. Nevertheless, different dropping fighters from the event might doubtlessly be signed to the promotion on the event’s conclusion.
Street to UFC Day 1 Outcomes
Episode 1 (UFC Fight Pass, 3:30am EST / 12:30am PST)
Yi Zha def. Keisuke Sasu through Submission (Rear Bare Choke) at 2:14 of spherical 1
Ki Received Bin def. Jinnosuke Kashiwara through TKO (Elbows) at 4:45 of spherical 1
Kazama Toshiomi def. Keremuaili Maimaitituoheti through Unanimous Resolution (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Choi Seung Guk def. Rama Supandhi through Unanimous Resolution (30-27 x3)
Non-Match Bout: Zhang Mingyang def. George Tokkos through KO (Overhand Proper and Punches) at 3:57 of spherical 1
Episode 2 (UFC Battle Move, 5am EST / 2am PST)
Koyomi Matsushima def. Hong Jun Yeong through Cut up Resolution (28-29, 30-27, 30-27)
Qiulun def. Wallen de Rosario through Unanimous Resolution (30-27 x3)
Jeka Saragih def. Pawan Maan Singh through KO (Spinning Again Fist) at 2:24 of spherical 3
Non-Match Bout: Takeru Uchida def. Shaun Etchell through Submission (Rear Bare Choke) at 3:26 of spherical 1
*Bantamweight Kim Min Woo’s opponent dropped out and the UFC was not capable of safe an appropriate alternative. Kim will advance to the semi-final spherical.