China’s Wang Guan and South Korean star Kim Dong-hyun named on UFC card in Singapore in June
Pair will feature on the undercard on June 17 at Singapore Indoor Stadium as Ultimate Fighting Championship return to Asia for the first time in over a year
Wang “The Dongbei Tiger” Guan will make his hotly anticipated debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship on their Singapore card in June.
The world’s premier mixed martial art organisation shifted the promotion of their return to Asia into overdrive on Thursday, announcing Wang and South Korean star Kim Dong-hyun had signed on to the June 17 card at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
With the two main events on the card yet to be announced, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has already revealed an undercard flush with talent from the region as they looks to make up for more than a year without a major event in Asia.
The 31-year-old Wang, a one-time featherweight champion in the Shanghai-based Ranik Ultimate Fighting Federation, comes with a huge reputation and he brings a mixed martial arts record of 15-1-1 into his featherweight bout against American Alex “Bruce Leeroy” Caceres (12-10).
On signing with the UFC in February, Wang said he wanted to show the world “China Power” – and he hopes to be at the forefront of the world’s premier MMA outfit’s push into the mainland, alongside Chinese stablemates in welterweight Li Jingliang and featherweight Ning Guangyou.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Wang. “My ability is approved by the UFC now. This also means the opponents I face next will be the best in the world. This will push me to train even harder”.
The UFC also announced on Thursday that South Korean phenom Kim (23-3-1) will also be on the Singapore card, lining up for a welterweight showdown with American Colby “Chaos” Covington (11-1-0).
Hong Kong fight fans who made the trip across the pond to UFC – The Ultimate Fighter China card in Macau in March 2014 will well remember “The Stun Gun’s” wicked dismantling of Englishman John Hathaway with a spinning elbow – widely considered the knockout of that year.
The Busan-based Kim, ranked number seven in his division, has established himself as somewhat of a superstar in his country, becoming a regular on South Korea’s many and varied variety show circuit and hawking goods for the likes of Reebok.
The UFC had earlier announced that Japanese MMA veteran Takanori Gomi (35-12) would also be on the card, facing Chamorro American Jon Tuck (9-4) in a lightweight bout, alongside compatriots in flyweights Naoki Inoue (10-0), who’s poised to make is UFC debut, and Ulka Sasaki (19-4).
That pair will face Philippines’ Carls John De Tomas (6-0) and American Justin Scoggins(11-3), respectively.
Korean bantamweight Kwan Ho-kwak (9-1) will also be in action in Singapore as he faces off against American Russell Doane (14-7).