UFC to build multi-million performance institute in China

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has announced construction is underway on a multi-million-dollar performance institute in Shanghai, China.

The facility, which is scheduled to open in mid-2019, will also serve as the UFC’s headquarters in the Asia-Pacific region. At 9,000 square metres, the building will be roughly three times the size of the UFC’s only other performance institute in the world, located at its global headquarters in Las Vegas.

UFC vice-president, Asia Pacific, Kevin Chang said the institute would provide a base for the UFC to train and assess fighters from across the Asia-Pacific region with a view to producing more Asian talent in the UFC in the future.

“The Performance Institute Shanghai gives our athletes (in Asia) a very clear path, which has not been as defined in the past,” he said.

This June, the UFC announced a multi-year strategic partnership with the Singapore Sports Hub and Singapore Tourism Board to stage annual Fight Night events at the Singapore Indoor Stadium until 2020.