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MMA: Kim Dong-hyun to face No. 4 ranked Woodley in Macau

Left to right: Yang Jianping, Philip Ng, Cung Le, Mark Fischer, Dana White, Ed Tracy, Michael Bisping, Rosemary Vandenbroucke and Kim Dong-hyun in a press conference for UFC Fight Night Macao: Bisping vs Le.

Left to right: Yang Jianping, Philip Ng, Cung Le, Mark Fischer, Dana White, Ed Tracy, Michael Bisping, Rosemary Vandenbroucke and Kim Dong-hyun in a press conference for UFC Fight Night Macao: Bisping vs Le.

June 2, 2014: Korean welterweight Kim Dong-hyun will face Tyron Woodley instead of Hector Lombard at the next UFC Fight Night Macao after the Australian withdrew from the co-main event on August 23 through injury.

 

Kim will be fighting for the third time at The Venetian Macao, while Woodley (13-3-0) – nicknamed ‘The Chosen One’ – will be making his Macau debut at the Cotai Arena. The 32-year-old American boasts wins over top names such as former UFC champion Carlos Condit, Josh Koscheck, Paul Daley and Tarec Saffiedine, and is pushing for a shot at the title.

 

Kim, 32, also has momentum after crushing victories over John Hathaway, in his last bout in Macau, and a knockout of the night performance against Erick Silva.

 

In the main event, No. 8-ranked Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping will take on former Strikeforce champion Cung Le in a middleweight showdown. Among other bouts, featherweights Yang Jianping (7-3-1) and Ning Guangyou (4-2-1) will compete in the finale of The Ultimate Fighter China to win a coveted UFC contract.

 

Mark Fischer, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of UFC Asia, said Asia now represented nearly half of the UFC’s global TV footprint, reaching 448 million households and more than 1.5 billion individuals.

 

“Asia has always been a focal point in the UFC’s continued global expansion. Over the past few years, the UFC has grown tremendously in Asia. Through our strategic partnership with Sands China, we have been able to produce The Ultimate Fighter locally, which had over 115 million viewers in its debut season and has been responsible for cultivating local talent and future UFC stars,” Fischer said.

 

“We are thrilled to be back at The Venetian Macao with a great fight card featuring world-famous MMA fighters from South Korea, USA and the UK, as well as The Ultimate Fighter China featherweight finalists, who will battle to become the next Chinese UFC star.”

 

Edward Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China, said: “Sands China is very pleased to continue our successful collaboration in our partnership with our third exciting UFC event.

 

“We’ve brought a range of martial arts events to Macao, including boxing, Muay Thai, and of course MMA with UFC. We’ll continue to bring the world’s best entertainment – including the world’s top athletes – to Macao for the enjoyment of both visitors and locals.”

 

Source: UFC (www.ufc.com); Editing by SportAsia

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