The UFC has announced a partnership with MNC Media that will not only bring the UFC to one of the most populated countries in the world, but will see the promotion bring an event to the country as well.
In addition, the promotion has stated the beginning of a fighter development program that will be the foundation of the main Asian talent, a pipeline to the promotion, if you will.
“We’re delighted to partner on these initiatives with MNC Media, by far Indonesia’s No. 1 integrated media group, and very excited about growth prospects here,” stated Mark Fischer, the executive vice president and managing director of UFC Asia. “Our partnership with MNC Media will bring our wide range of UFC programming to tens of millions of potential new UFC fans throughout Indonesia, while also developing our sport in this vast market.”
The promotion will hold tryouts at a unnamed location from March 8th-9th. In similar fashion to TUF, the list will be scaled down only the fighters advancing will be sent to the United States to train at some of the top camps in the world. They will then become part of a system that could see them compete in the UFC.
“I’m so excited about the UFC expanding to Indonesia, such a big new market for the sport of MMA,” Henderson stated. “The UFC-MNC fighter development program will bring new opportunities for Indonesian fighters to hone their skills and pursue their dreams. Everyone knows that martial arts were born in Asia – now it’s time to create UFC world champions from Asia.”
Benson Henderson made the trip to Jakarta to promote the new development program as Henderson has been seen as somewhat of an Asian representative for the company.