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MMA: Rousey cageside as Macau hosts UFC’s first women’s fight in Asia

Elizabeth Phillips (pictured) of the USA will take on Russia’s Milana Dudieva at The Venetian Macao on August 23 as part of UFC Fight Night Macao: Bisping v Le.

Elizabeth Phillips (pictured) of the USA will take on Russia’s Milana Dudieva at The Venetian Macao on August 23 as part of UFC Fight Night Macao: Bisping v Le.

July 24, 2014: Russia’s Milana Dudieva will face American Elizabeth Phillips at UFC Fight Night Macao: Bisping v Le in Macau on August 23 in the organisation’s first-ever women’s match-up in Asia.

 

Furthermore, American superstar Ronda Rousey will help shine the spotlight on the groundbreaking contest as the undefeated bantamweight champion will be among the crowd at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.

 

Dudieva, 25, has racked up a record of 10 wins and three losses since making her MMA pro debut in February 2009 and will be looking for a third straight victory as she makes her UFC bow in the bantamweight (135 pound) showdown.

 

Phillips, 26, will look to bounce back from a loss to Canada’s Valerie Letourneau in her UFC debut last month, having won four straight fights in Conquest of the Cage following a loss on her pro debut in September 2012.

 

The pair will bring a combined 10 first-round finishes to the Octagon in what could be a fiery clash between two division up-and-comers, according to UFC President Dana White.

 

“I’m excited for this event at The Venetian Macao and making history with the first UFC women’s fight in Asia,” White said. “The women’s division has become very popular around the world and Ronda Rousey has become arguably the biggest star in the sport. This women’s bout is an amazing addition to an already stellar card.”

 

The outspoken Rousey, a judo bronze medallist at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, recently won the 2014 ESPY Award for top female athlete and will enjoy plenty of attention in Macau. The 27-year-old bantamweight has blossomed into arguably MMA’s most recognisable athlete – male or female – on her way to racking up a record of 10 straight wins as a pro, the last four on UFC cards.

 

“I’m so excited to be coming back to Asia and so proud to be here as the UFC reaches another incredible milestone in women’s MMA,” said Rousey, who will be taking part in a variety of activities during fight week.

 

Olaf Gueldner, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Sands China, said: “The Venetian Macao has established a reputation for itself as the place to be for experiencing trailblazing events. We’re pleased to be hosting another first for Macau and for Asia with this exciting women’s bout at UFC Fight Night Macao. One-of-a-kind events like these are part of our company’s multi-tiered entertainment strategy, helping raise the profile of Macau as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

 

Vietnam-born American Cung Le returns to Cotai Arena to take on England’s Michael Bisping in the main event, while Korea’s Kim Dong-hyun will bid for a third victory in Macau when he takes on Tyron Woodley in the co-main event. Nine bouts have been confirmed (see below).

 

UFC Fight Night Macao: Bisping v Le, Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macao, Macau

Main Event: Middleweight Bout – Cung Le vs Michael Bisping

Co-Main Event: Welterweight Bout – Kim Dong-hyun vs Tyron Woodley

Lightweight Bout – Brendan O’Reilly vs Zhang Lipeng

TUF Finale Featherweight Bout – Yang Jianping vs Ning Guangyou

Welterweight Bout – Danny Mitchell vs Wang Sai

Welterweight Bout – Alberto Mina vs Sheldon Wescott

Welterweight Bout – Colby Covington vs Wang Anying

Bantamweight Bout – Royston Wee vs Yao Zhikui

Women’s Bantamweight Bout – Milana Dudieva vs Elizabeth Phillips

 

Tickets range from HK$280-$4,680 and are available at www.cotaticketing.com.

 

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

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