SM Mall of Asia held a press conference on January 29, 2015 to announce a deal that would finally bring the UFC to the combat-hungry country of the Philippines on May 16, 2015 for UFC .
The invitation-only press conference was attended by Edgar C. Tejerero (President, SM Lifestyle & Entertainment Inc.), Hans Sy (President – SM Prime Holdings Inc.), Kenneth K. Berger (Executive Vice President & General Manager – Asia Ultimate Fighting Championship), and Scott Boyd (Senior Director, Media-Asia – Ultimate Fighting Championship).
In the press release provided, Tejerero stated that this will be the only UFC event in Southeast Asia in 2015. Berger stated that this event kicks off the UFC’s plans for Asia in 2015. Therefore, Singapore will not be scheduled, and there will be no events in Japan, Korea, or China before May.
Raul Gasmeña Landingin was live with updates as they were announced.
Berger takes the mic and says the Philippines is a key market, and that everything will be set up for success. The broadcast in the Philippines has been expanded to ABS CBN Balls.
The fight card has not been announced as of yet.
Berger said that the UFC will go to North Asia in the fall. Having two events in Philippines a year will be something considered. More Filipino fighters are being negotiated with.
Tickets will go on sale in March.