Cung Le and UFC Asia Managing Director Mark Fischer did a recent interview with USA Today, they spoke about the UFC’s efforts to find the next big MMA star in China. Check out the highlights:
Le on Chinese MMA fighters: “A lot of these Chinese athletes are just as good as any other athletes around the world. They get picked from a big batch. These are the top-notch guys, and the only thing they’re missing is coaching. … There are some camps, but the fighters haven’t really been getting the experience that they need. Now that the UFC is coming in, these fighters are going to want to be a part of the UFC, and they’re going to figure out where everybody is training.”
Fischer on building the UFC in China: “These events are an investment in the Chinese market. The cards and ‘The Ultimate Fighter: China’ series are intended to really develop the sport and serve as a foundation for much bigger growth in the future. I think that’s what we’re achieving here.”
Le on China accepting MMA: “I think the culture will accept it because it’s very rich in traditional martial arts, and they’ll realize that this is the evolution. When you see guys kicking, punching, throwing takedowns and all kinds of different moves, they’re going to be into it. Obviously the first season of ‘TUF: China’ did pretty decent (TV ratings). People were interested.”
I think having every culture in the UFC is only a positive and if you can find talented fighters then let them fight.