UFC Singapore goes down on 27 August 2023 in Singapore and is bound to be an exciting affair.
This Saturday, the Singapore Indoor Stadium sets the stage for the UFC's sixth visit to the island nation. Last June, UFC 275 graced Singapore, leaving a lasting impression with its thrilling battles and considerable impact across divisions. This upcoming event promises to continue that tradition of excitement and competitiveness.
The event will be headlined by an exciting featherweight showdown between Max Holloway and Chan Sung Jung.
Max Holloway vs. Chan Sung Jung Preview
Surprisingly, despite their extensive careers in the UFC featherweight division, Max Holloway and Chan Sung Jung have never faced off before now.
Holloway's remarkable journey to the pinnacle of his division, and his eventual rise to superstardom, commenced in Singapore a decade ago. Fresh from his unanimous decision triumph over Arnold Allen earlier this year, a victory that solidified his position as the undisputed top contender, "Blessed" is back and ready to square off against Jung. This long-awaited encounter between two revered competitors is sure to electrify fans.
Saturday marks Jung's return to the Octagon following his UFC 273 title fight loss to Alexander Volkanovski. In that contest, the 36-year-old encountered a setback, prompting him to take time off to recover both physically and mentally, as well as to nurture the budding talents under his wing as a coach. With renewed focus, restored health, and the eagerness to compete, it won't be a surprise to witness a vintage "Korean Zombie" performance this weekend.
Despite their parallel presence at the upper echelons of the division for years, circumstances never aligned for Holloway and Jung to share the Octagon prior to this momentous matchup. Jung ascended to title contention before Holloway's championship pursuits, and during Holloway's two-year reign, other contenders took precedence over the seasoned veteran in the title race.
Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann Preview
Light heavyweight contenders Anthony Smith and Ryan Spann are poised to reignite their rivalry this upcoming weekend, both aiming to steer their trajectories in the right direction as the final stretch of 2023 approaches.
Smith steps back into the Octagon on the heels of a two-fight skid, a disappointment exacerbated by his lackluster showing against Johnny Walker, a performance that led the former title challenger to ponder the possibility of retirement. The bout, which unfolded in North Carolina, saw "Lionheart" struggle to find his rhythm, ultimately falling to a decision loss against the resurgent Brazilian. With his sights set on redemption, Smith seeks to recapture the form he exhibited both leading up to and during his initial encounter with Spann.
Spann, who amassed consecutive first-round stoppage victories over Ion Cutelaba and Dominick Reyes in 2022 to propel himself into the division's Top 10, encountered a setback earlier this year against Nikita Krylov. The defeat came by way of a triangle choke submission in the opening round. Since his introduction to the scene via Dana White's Contender Series, the Fortis MMA representative has demonstrated a mix of brilliance and unpredictability. Accumulating a record of 7 wins and 3 losses, with six of his victories coming via stoppage, Spann has proven his mettle, though all three of his losses occurred inside the distance.
You can see the complete fight card below.
UFC Singapore Fight Card
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UFC Singapore will be live in India on Saturday, 26 August 2023 from 5:30 PM Indian Time on SONY TEN 2 and SONY LIV.
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