UFC Returns to Singapore with Thrilling Matchup between Demian Maia and Ben Askren

August 24, 2019 - 08:23
UFC Returns to Singapore with Thrilling Matchup between Demian Maia and Ben Askren


Tickets Go On Sale Tuesday, September 3

SINGAPORE- MediaOutReach - 26 August2019 - UFC® is set to make its fourthstop in Singapore and brings with it a main event featuring two of the best grapplers in MMA history, as No. 10-rankedwelterweight contender Demian Maia faces No. 11-ranked Ben Askren .

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAIAvs. ASKREN will air live fromSingapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, October 26, with the prelims starting at5pm SGT and the main card scheduled to begin at 8pm.


A former UFC title challenger at both welterweight andmiddleweight, Maia (27-9, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) is considered tobe one of the greatest grapplers to ever compete in MMA. With 21 wins, thesecond-most in UFC history, Maia holds victories over some of the best UFC has,including Jorge Masvidal, Jon Fitch, Carlos Condit and Chael Sonnen. Now, Maialooks to build another long win streak by becoming the first person in historyto submit Askren.


Four-time NCAA Division I All-American, two-time nationalchampion, and member of the 2008 United States Olympic freestyle wrestlingteam, Askren (19-1, fighting out of Delafield,Wisc., USA) is one of the most decorated wrestlers in UFC. Undefeated prior tojoining UFC, Askren debuted with a first-round submission over former UFCwelterweight champion, Robbie Lawler. Now, Askren intends to bounce back fromhis first loss against Masvidal by proving he is the best pure grappler in thewelterweight division.


Kevin Chang, UFC Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific said, "This dream matchup featuresworld-class grapplers vying for supremacy. Ben Askren is an accomplishedwrestler who uses his squeeze to run through opponents, but he's never facedsomeone like Demian Maia, arguably the greatest BJJ practitioner to compete inthe Octagon. This bout is a throwback for ourMMA-savvy fans in Singapore who want to see a clash of fighting styles. We're excited to see thisfantastic main event go down."


Announcedbouts on the card include:

  • UFC lightweight veterans collide as MichaelJohnson (20-14, fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla., USA) aimsto get back to winning ways when taking on StevieRay (22-9, fighting out of Fife, Scotland)
  • Promising heavyweight newcomers faceoff as CirylGané (4-0, fighting out of Vincennes, Île-de-France, France) seeks his secondUFC win against Dana White's Contender Series signee Don'Tale Mayes (7-2, fighting out ofLouisville, Ky., USA)
  • In a battle of heavyweight finishers, SergeiPavlovich (13-1, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) and MauriceGreene (8-3, fighting out of St. Cloud, Minn., USA) look to establish themselvesas the next contenders to watch at 265-pounds


UFCFIGHT NIGHT: MAIA vs. ASKREN on October 26 marksthe second of three events in a multi-year partnership with Singapore TourismBoard and Singapore Sports Hub.


For event updates, please check UFC.com/Singapore, and follow us onFacebook (UFC Asia), Twitter and Instagram (@ufc), and use our officialhashtag:



Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 3 at 11:00am SGT on SportsHubtix.sg. Limited UFC VIP Experience packages are available ranging from$728 for Super VIP to S$1,688 for Ultimate VVIP.



Cat 1 -- S $ 258

Cat 2 -- S $ 198

Cat 3 -- S $ 158

Cat 4 -- S $1 28

Cat 5 -- S $ 98

Cat 6 -- S $ 68

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