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SMLEI and UFC® Announce UFC Fight Night Manila

SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. makes history once again as it promotes the first UFC® fight in the Philippines. The event scheduled on 16th May 2015, at the Mall of Asia Arena, will be a ‘UFC Fight Night’ event.

                                     

“We are really excited to have the first UFC event in the Philippines,” says President of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Mr. Edgar Tejerero, “We are happy to share that this is the only UFC event to take place in South East Asia this year.” He continues.  “At SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc., we are determined to bring top-notch sports and entertainment events for the enjoyment of every Filipino. We have already introduced the first pre-season game of a globally-renowned basketball association, and have recently brought the world’s top tennis players into our venue. It is only fitting that SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. welcomes the MMA phenomenon which is UFC into the Philippines.”

                                            

The UFC is the fastest growing sports organization in the world and is viewed as the pinnacle of MMA by both athletes and fans. With close to 40 Asian fighters signed, the UFC in Asia is growing at an exponential rate.  Previous events in the region have taken place in Macao, Singapore and Tokyo attracting tens of thousands fo fans and millions of TV viewers.  Last November, former UFC champion Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit was in Manila for a media tour and fan experience, hosting an open workout event which attracted over 4,000 fans.

Executive Vice President and General Manager, UFC Asia, Ken Berger said: “We are thrilled to be kicking off our Asia series in Manila this year. The UFC has a loyal and passionate fan base in the Philippines and we’re looking forward to bringing the very best of mixed martial arts (MMA) to Manila for the first time. We have found a great event partner in SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc. and are excited that the Mall of Asia Arena will be home to a historic UFC event that fans will remember for years to come.”

The UFC Fight Night Manila event will be broadcast all over the world giving the UFC’s international fans a taste of the immense passion and support the Philippines fans have for MMA. 

Tickets will go on-sale on March 13, 10am, at SM Tickets outlets nationwide, www.mallofasia-arena.com, and www.smtickets.com.