UFC to Host Four-Event Series in Japan

Written by Tom Ngo
August 30th, 2012

UFC Azusa Nishigaki Arianny Celeste

According to executive vice president and managing director of the UFC’s Asian Operations division Mark Fischer, the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is planning to host a small “Japan Series” next year.

Fischer told Nikkan Sports that the Octagon will hold four shows featuring Japanese talent in 2013, specifically showcasing up-and-coming prospects who will work their way up the UFC totem pole by first fighting in their homeland.

The events will take place in smaller 5,000-seat arenas and won’t be included as numbered UFC events. The “Japan Series” will likely use specialized numbering, similar to what UFC on FOX, UFC on FX and UFC on FUEL TV have in place.

No broadcast plans have been finalized for the Japanese cards.

The UFC returned to “The Land of the Rising Sun” this past February to host their first Japanese extravaganza in over 11 years. “UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson” was met with much anticipation and the event’s star-studded cast delivered by putting on a thrilling show.

(Pictured: Special UFC 144 Octagon Girl Azusa Nishigaki with queen bee Arianny Celeste. I never thought I’d get the chance to post this pic in an article. Thankfully, I was wrong.)

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