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UFC Announces Return to Japan in March 2013, Plans Indonesia Event

Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar headlined the UFC's last event in Japan.
Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar headlined the UFC's last event in Japan.Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
McKinley NobleCorrespondent INovember 10, 2012

It seems the UFC's tour of Asia will be swinging around to Japan in just a handful of months.

MMA Fighting reports from the UFC on Fuel 6 post-fight press conference that the promotion is holding another event at the Saitama Super Arena on March 3rd, 2013. According to UFC Asia managing director Marc Fischer, the card will take place on Sunday morning, much like UFC 144.

That indicates that the event will be a UFC pay-per-view event, although Fischer didn't confirm whether it would be a PPV, Fuel TV, FX or Fox broadcast.

In addition to the upcoming UFC card in Japan, the company will also be heading out to Indonesia for a future event at an undetermined time and date.

Returning to Japan for the first time since 2000 (at UFC 29: Defense of the Belts) proved to be a good gamble for Zuffa last February.

Not only did the event fill the Saitama Super Arena with a decent crowd of 20,000, but the PPV pulled a solid 375,000 buys.

No names have been highlighted for either the Japan or Indonesia events.

As an advance measure to get things running in Indonesia, the UFC has reportedly signed a deal with MNC (Media Nusantara Citra) Media, a regional media company with businesses in television broadcasting, radio, digital media, travel and online shopping. MMA Fighting notes that MNC is "the largest such network in Indonesia" with a 40 percent share of the local market.

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