Yesterday, I saw the first advertisement for UFC Fight Night 34 which is scheduled for January 4, 2014 at The Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay, Singapore. At first it was to be called “UFC Fight Night: Ellenberger vs. Saffiedine” but since Jake Ellenberger is injured, it is now just UFC Fight Night 34.
As it is the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Singapore, it is widely expected to be a sellout. However for people who think or is worried that this is the opening salvo of a battle between the UFC and Singapore-based ONE FC, I think you are worried about nothing because…well, just look at the official fight card.
Welterweight- Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Featherweight- Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Hacran Dias
Welterweight- Luiz Dutra Jr. vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Bantamweight- Kyung-Ho Kang vs. Shunichi Shimizu
Welterweight- Katsunori Kikuno vs. Quinn Mulhern
Bantamweight- Dustin Kimura vs. Jon Delos Reyes
Lightweight- Mairbek Taisumov vs. Tae Hyun Bang
Featherweight- Max Holloway vs. Will Chope
Bantamweight- Royston Wee vs. Dave Galera
Sorry but that’s not a fight card to get too excited about. Outside Tatsuya Kawajiri and a few others, I don’t know most of the fighters on the card. Looking at the card, I have to say it’s far more likely the UFC is trying to test the waters in Singapore. If the UFC is trying to take on ONE, they will fill the card with bigger, better names.