UFC made a major play for the potentially huge Chinese market on Tuesday, saying it will invest US$13 million to open the world’s largest MMA training and development base in Shanghai.
Performance Institute Shanghai will open in mid-2019 and help nurture the next generation of Chinese mixed martial arts fighters, the United States-based UFC said.
The announcement was made four days ahead of UFC’s first event in Beijing — last year Shanghai hosted UFC’s maiden fight card in mainland China.
The new centre will be three times the size of UFC’s original performance institute in Las Vegas and boast facilities for fighters and fans over two floors.
It will include two Octagons, a boxing ring and equipment such as underwater treadmills, together with a team of full-time experts.
Video Source: Shanghai Live
(With input from AFP)