Friday, September 9, 2011

You tell us: What country should the UFC visit next?

The UFC's recent trip to Brazil and planned return to Japan is one of the promotion's latest signals that they are serious about becoming well-known internationally. They have also opened offices to cover Europe, Asia and Canada and signed TV deals all over the world.

Clearly, their trip around the world won't end with Japan in February. Where should the UFC head next?

China: The world's most-populated country is attractive to all American companies because of its many, many consumers. The UFC opened an office in China last June, and they want to reach the 250 million men who fall into their favorite, 18-49 demographic.

The Netherlands: The home of Alistair Overeem, Marloes Coenen, Golden Glory, Mike's Gym and some of the world's best kickboxing could also be a perfect destination for the UFC, if given a card full of kickboxing talent.

Senegal: Before you say, "Really? Senegal?" Watch this:

That's Senegalese wrestling, an awesome sport that resembles MMA. The UFC could find their next great talent pool there, and start working on African consumers in one of its most politically stable countries. Let's go to Dakar, UFC!

Russia: The home country of Fedor Emelianenko is also home to the world's best wrestling. A large event in Moscow, if promoted correctly with Emelianenko's help (which is unlikely), could convert fans of Buvaisar Saitiev into fans of Anderson Silva.

Thailand: UFC fighters have been heading to Thailand to learn Muay Thai from the experts for years. With Muay Thai's popularity, there is a market for combat sports. The current political situation could keep the UFC out of Phuket or Bangkok, but if things improve, either city could be an interesting destination for fights.

Now you tell us. Where should the UFC head next? Vote in the poll, and tell us your thoughts in the comments or on Facebook.


Andre Ethier Corey Hart Yadier Molina Ubaldo Jimenez

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