UFC’s latest foray into the Asian market is the bespoke Japanese reality show entitled “Road to UFC: Japan”.
This series has taken eight successful and promising featherweight candidates from Japan and sent them to Las Vegas for training and the taping of at least the first episode. This episode will begin the series on Monday July 6, 2015 on TV Tokyo at midnight. The replays will be Saturdays on BS Japan.
The eight contestants chosen for the series are a mix of veterans and young guns. Veterans representing are Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura, Mizuto Hirota, Tatsunao Nagakura, and “DJ Taiki” Daiki Hata. The young guns are Hiroto Uesako, Teruto “Yashabo” Ishihara, Nobumitsu “Tyson” Osawa, and Tatsuya Ando.
There will be a press conference in Japan on Thursday, and ASIA MMA will be on hand for live announcements and updates regarding this new reality series, and UFC Japan in September.