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Road To UFC returns to the UAE on October 23, concluding a weekend of incredible MMA action, highlighted by UFC 280: Oliveira vs Makhachev on Saturday, October 22.
Road To UFC is a ground-breaking “win and advance” tournament that takes top MMA prospects from Asia and gives them a pathway to a UFC contract. The tournament started with eight mixed martial arts athletes competing in each of four men’s weight classes: flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight. The athletes in Road To UFC come from Japan, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, India, and from the UFC Academy in China.
The opening round of Road To UFC was held in June at the Singapore Indoor Stadium ahead of UFC 275: Teixeira vs Prochazka, UFC’s first-ever Pay-Per-View event in Southeast Asia. 16 athletes won and advanced to the semifinals to compete in Abu Dhabi. The semifinals round is divided into two episodes, each of which includes four tournament bouts and one additional non-tournament bout. Details for the Road To UFC finals will be announced at a later date.
The Road To UFC semifinals episodes, bouts and live broadcast times are as follows:
Episode 5: Sunday, October 23 at 7am ET / 4am PT
- Featherweight: Yi Zha vs Koyomi Matsushima
- Flyweight: Qui Lun vs SeungGuk Choi
- Lightweight: WonBin Ki vs Jeka Saragih
- Bantamweight: Toshiomi Kazama vs Min Woo Kim
- Featherweight: Balajin vs Keisuke Sasu
Episode 6: Sunday, October 23 at 9am ET / 6am PT
- Featherweight: Jeong Yeong Lee vs Lu Kai
- Bantamweight: Rinya Nakamura vs Shohei Nose
- Flyweight: Top Noi Kiwram vs HyunSung Park
- Lightweight: Anshul Jubli vs Kyeong Pyo Kim
- Welterweight: Samandar Murodov vs Gian Siqueira
Road To UFC will air live in Asia primetime (GMT +8) so audiences across the continent can get to know the athletes via in-event features and competitions on the following UFC broadcast partners:
International: UFC Fight Pass
Hong Kong: NOW SPORTS
India: SONY TEN 2
Japan: UFC FightPass
South Korea: TVN Sports
Thailand: TRUE SPORTS HD3
Vietnam: K+ SPORTS
UFC returns to Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, October 22, with UFC 280: Oliveira vs Makhachev, headlined by a clash for the vacant lightweight championship between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev. Plus, the bantamweight division takes center stage, as Aljamain Sterling defends his crown against TJ Dillashaw, and “Sugar” Sean O’Malley steps up for a huge showdown against Petr Yan.
UFC 280: Oliveira vs Makhachev will be the latest event held in the UAE capital as part of a landmark partnership forged in 2019 between UFC and the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
The prelims for UFC 280: Oliveira vs Makhachev will begin at 10am ET / 7am PT, followed by the main card at 2pm ET / 11am PT. Official UFC 280 VIP packages are available through On Location, featuring premium seating, a reserved seat at the ceremonial weigh-ins, all-inclusive in-venue hospitality with UFC Fighter appearances and more. Please visit https://ufcvip.com/d/ufc-280-tickets for more information.
Media members can apply for credentials to UFC 280: Oliveira vs Makhachev and all UFC events by creating an account and registering at UFC Access.
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