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UFC Manila draws high attendance figures

MANILA, Philippines – The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first trip to the country on Saturday, May 16 at Pasay City’s SM Mall of Asia Arena turned out to be successful.

According to Kenneth Berger, UFC executive vice president and general manager in Asia, the maiden Philippine fight card drew an attendance of 13,446 people.

However, Berger did not disclose the exact figures of the income that was generated in the live gate-reception.

With the solid debut at the box office and an energetic crowd once the event kicked off, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is likely to make a return to the Philippines.

Berger told Rappler that plans of staging another venture in the Philippines are written on the drawing board, considering the high marketability of the sport in the archipelago.

The UFC official did not give any specific date on when it will take place, but Berger revealed a future project of establishing a nationally-exclusive digital network, where Filipino fans can watch both live events and classic fights, and keep themselves abreast on various UFC news and developments. - Rappler.com