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UFC announces five fights for upcoming Singapore card as rumours swirl over main event

Body announces five fights of its landmark Singapore card on June 17 with former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski facing Marcin Tybura

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 March, 2017, 6:06pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 March, 2017, 6:07pm

The UFC has announced the first five fights of its landmark Singapore card on June 17 with former UFC heavyweight champion and current No 8-ranked Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski set to face off against surging Polish prodigy Marcin “Tybur” Tybura.

Arlovski (25-14-0, 1NC) fighting out of Chicago, Illinois will meet Tybura (15-2-0) who is coming off back to back knock-out wins in his last two UFC outings.

“I’m excited to be fighting in Singapore,” said Arlovski. “I am looking forward to coming out with a victory and putting on an exciting show for the fans.

“(Tybura) is a tough guy with good stand up.”

The main and co-main events for the Singapore card have yet to be announced but rumours earlier this week suggested Holly Holm, who handed Ronda Rousey her first UFC loss, could be the headline name on the bill.

Japanese MMA legend, Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi, (35-12-0,1NC) will fight for the first time in Singapore. He will be taking on well-rounded American, Jon “Super Saiyan” Tuck (9-4-0).

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“Singapore is beautiful city,” said Gomi, “and I feel good because it is easy to fly to for fights with time minimal difference.

“I think Jon Tuck is tall, and good at striking and grappling at the same time. I am excited to fight such aggressive fighter,” he added.

A flyweight scrap will see Japan’s talented “Ulka” Sasaki (19-4-2) clash with UFC veteran Justin Scoggins (11-3-0).

A former Korean regional Champion and UFC prospect “Handsome” Kwan Ho Kwak (9-1-0) will look to claim glory for his home country with a win over Hawaiian striker Russell Doane (14-7-0).

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Heavyweight standouts Cyril “Silverback” Asker (8-2-0) and Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris (9-5-0) will also throw down in what will be their debut in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings.

Tickets for the card go on sale on April 7.