Report – UFC Targets Eight-Man Tournaments Spanning Four Weight Classes

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 6, 2022

    The UFC are reportedly targeting eight-man tournaments spanning the course of four weight classes, kicking off during the upcoming UFC 275 fight week – which is scheduled to take place on July 11 in Singapore.

    The UFC tournament format is expected to span four weight divisions, over the course of three months

    Per an initial report from AllStar Sports reporter, John Hyon Ko – the organization are currently working on putting together eight-man tournaments – kicking off during UFC 275 fight week this summer, spanning the course of the flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, and lightweight divisions.

    “Multiple sources have informed me that the #UFC will have 8-man tournaments across 4 division (125, 135, 145, 155) starting in Singapore during #UFC275 fight week,” John Hyon Ko tweeted. “One source said that contracts have gone out to Asian fighters and matchmaking is underway.” 

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    “Each tournament will be across three months,” John Hyon Ko continued. “Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai (Thailand) fighters already targeted (to compete).” 

    TSN reporter, Aaron Bronsteter corroborated the prior initial report from Ko, tweeting that the tentative title for the tournament format is ‘Road to the UFC’.

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    “Hearing that the working title for this is “Road to the UFC”,” Aaron Bronsteter tweeted. “Great intel from @JHKMMA (John Hyon Ko).”

    Singapore, primarily the base for Charti Sityodtong led promotion, ONE Championship – will host its first organizational event since UFC Fight Night Kallang back in October 2019 – with July 11. marking the fifth time the promotion’s Octagon will land in the country.

    Featuring a pair of championship fights, the UFC 275 pay-per-view event is scheduled to feature a light heavyweight title fight between reigning division kingpin, Glover Teixeira, and the surging #1 ranked contender, Jiri Prochazka.

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    Also set for the event: a flyweight title fight between dominant champion, Valentina Shevchenko, and the surging Brazilian challenger, Taila Santos.

    A high-stakes middleweight clash between former division kingpin, Robert Whittaker and one-time title chaser, Marvin Vettori has also been added to the Southeast Asia main card billing.