For the third time in as many years the UFC will plant its flag in the Japanese city of Saitama, as they continue to intensify their presence in the Asian marketplace in an unrelenting quest for world domination.
Mixed Martial Arts has a storied history in the land of the Samurai that includes many early Vale Tudo competitions, as well as the famed Pride FC, which the UFC purchased in 2007.
After news broke yesterday that reigning Cage Warriors champion Nicolas Dalby would defend his CWFC welterweight title against Mohsen Bahari in the main event at Cage Warriors 74, today another top-quality 170 lbs bout has been added to the card with Irishman Philip “The Honey Badger” Mulpeter taking on England’s Tom Breese.
The continuing success of their fighters in amateur competition throughout the country, particularly in the Munster area, meant Cork’s MMA Clinic was lauded as one of Ireland’s finest gyms, but when owner Stewart Dollery departed to pursue other professional avenues, those who took the reins brought the camp in a brand new direction.
For the first time in over eighteen months the Octagon returns to Japan as UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson goes down at the Siatama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan this Friday night/Saturday morning on UFC Fight Pass. Check out my picks for the event as well as my bonus predictions and bet of the week.