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MMA: ‘Stun Gun’ Kim v ‘Hitman’ Hathaway tops UFC Fight Night Macao

Korean MMA star Kim ‘Stun Gun’ Dong-hyun and English fighter John ‘The Hitman’ Hathaway square up in a press conference for their headline bout at UFC Fight Night Macao at The Venetian on March 1. UFC Asia Managing Director Mark Fischer (second left) and Sands China CEO Edward Tracy (far right) look on.

Korean MMA star Kim ‘Stun Gun’ Dong-hyun and English fighter John ‘The Hitman’ Hathaway square up in a press conference for their headline bout at UFC Fight Night Macao at The Venetian on March 1. UFC Asia Managing Director Mark Fischer (second left) and Sands China CEO Edward Tracy (far right) look on.

January 5, 2014: Korean MMA pioneer Kim ‘Stun Gun’ Dong-hyun will battle England’s John ‘The Hitman’ Hathaway on March 1 in the headline welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night Macao, which will also double as the finale of The Ultimate Fighter China television series.

 

The event will be held at The Venetian’s 15,000-seat Cotai Arena, which staged the UFC’s first visit to Greater China in 2012, and is part of the organisation’s multi-year partnership with Sands China, which owns The Venetian, and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which hosted a Fight Night on Saturday.

 

Other fights in Macau include a heavyweight clash between Shawn Jordan and Matt Mitrione, featherweight bout between Ivan Menjivar and Hatsu Hioki, and lightweight bout between ‘Korean Bulldozer’ Nam Yui-chul and Kazuki Tokudome.

 

The 32-year-old Kim (17-1-1) won his last contest with a stunning one-punch knockout of Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night 29 on October 9 that earned his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.

 

Hathaway, 26, who has notable victories over the likes of Rick Story, Paul Taylor and Diego Sanchez, holds a 17-1 record and is on a three-win streak.

 

Mark Fischer, Managing Director of UFC Asia, said: “The first-ever UFC event in China held at the Cotai Arena in 2012 set several on-property records and I have no doubt that fans from Greater China will be looking forward to this one.

 

“Besides the exciting East-West clash between Kim and Hathaway in the main event, we will also see the crowning of the winners of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter China. This historic occasion could see the emergence of a new generation of Chinese MMA stars and kicks off a new chapter in the sport of mixed martial arts.”

 

Over 150 initial applicants hailing from Greater China, United States, Canada and Southeast Asia attended try-outs and interviews held in Beijing, Macau and Singapore for a chance to appear on the first Asian edition of The Ultimate Fighter.

 

The series was shot in Shenyang, Liaoning and is currently being shown on Liaoning Satellite TV, the leading satellite TV network in northeast China, reaching more than 830 million viewers nationwide.

 

Vietnamese-American Cung Le is the show’s mentor and chief coach. Zhang Tiequan, UFC’s first Chinese fighter, and Chinese MMA expert Ao Hailin coach the two teams, Sky Dragons and the Flying Lions, which each feature eight fighters.

 

Four finalists – two lightweights and two welterweights – will be unveiled in the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter China on January 26 and will vie in Macau for the opportunity to claim a lucrative six-figure contract with the UFC.

 

Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China, said: “Sands China is very excited about the return of UFC to Macau and we’re happy to see new talent being discovered in China.

 

“UFC Fight Night Macao and The Ultimate Fighter China represent our company’s continued commitment to bringing the world’s best sports entertainment to Macau, increasing global awareness of our great city, and helping cement its place as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

 

Fisher has estimated the UFC will stage “five, six, maybe even seven events” in East Asia and Southeast Asia this year. The UFC recently moved its Asian headquarters from Beijing to Singapore.

 

Tickets go on sale on January 6 at all Sands China box offices and are priced at HKD/MOP 4,680 (Gold), 2,580 (Silver), 1,680 (A Reserve), 880 (B Reserve), 580 (C Reserve), 380 (D Reserve) and 280 (E Reserve); add HKD/MOP 88 per ticket to include a round-trip Cotai Water Jet ferry ticket between Hong Kong and Macao.

 

Tickets can be booked online at www.CotaiTicketing.com, www.HKTicketing.com and www.macauticket.com.

 

Source: UFC Asia, Venetian Macau

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