KEY POINTS

  • UFC announces more details for prospect-filled mini-tournament "Road to UFC"
  • The opening round will take place on June 9 and 10, ahead of the June 12 UFC 275 card
  • 32 fighters across Asia are tapped to take part of the tournament with eight fighters per division

The UFC is set to make its return to the Southeast Asian region on June 12 with UFC 275 being headlined by the title defenses of Glover Teixeira and Valentina Schevchenko in the island city-state of Singapore.

But before fans flock to the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the stellar 13-fight card, arguably the most recognizable mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world announced that it would be having the opening rounds of “Road to UFC” on June 9 and 10.

Participants of the event will be coming from seven countries across Asia as they aspire to reach one of the grandest stages of MMA in the world.

The fighters will be competing in four weight classes, namely the flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight divisions.

32 fighters have been announced for the entire mini-tournament, meaning that there are eight fighters in each division.

The lineup is as follows:

Flyweight (>56.7kg)

  • Rama Supandhi (Indonesia)
  • Jeremia Siregar (Indonesia)
  • Wallen Del Rosario (Philippines)
  • Horiuchi Yuma (Japan)
  • Choi SeungGuk (South Korea)
  • Park HyunSung (South Korea)
  • Top Kiwram (Thailand)
  • Qiu Lun (China)

Bantamweight (>61.2kg)

  • Kim Min Woo (South Korea)
  • Maimaitituoheti Keremuaili (China)
  • Kazama Toshiomi (Japan)
  • Nakamura Rinya (Japan)
  • Xiao Long (China)
  • Gugun Gusman (Indonesia)
  • Nose Shohei (Japan)
  • Wulijiburen (China)

Featherweight (>65.8kg)

  • Yi Zha (China)
  • Sasu Keisuke (Japan)
  • Hong JunYoung (South Korea)
  • Lee JeongYeong (South Korea)
  • Matsushima Koyomi (Japan)
  • Xie Bin (China)
  • Lu Kai (China)
  • Angga Hans (Indonesia)

Lightweight (>70.3kg)

  • Balajin (China)
  • Ki WonBin (Korea)
  • Ailiya Muratbek (China)
  • Pawan Maan Singh (India)
  • Anshul Jubli (India)
  • Usami Sho Patrick (Japan)
  • Asikeerbai Jinensibieke (China)
  • Kim KyungPo (South Korea)

Combat sports fans are more than welcome to watch the fights as the two-day event will be free of admission and tickets are going to be available on a first-come, first-served basis by registering at the website.

The rules for Road to UFC are extremely simple: the fighters who win their matchup will proceed to the next round and all the way to the finals where the winner of each division will be awarded a UFC contract.

Those who avail of the VIP package for UFC 275 will also receive a reserved seat for both days of the event.

The action-filled event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 PM and end at around 8 PM SGT on both days.

Road to UFC. UFC The UFC announced that the first round of Road to UFC will be happening on the fight week of UFC 275. Photo: UFC