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UFC Launches UFC Japan

 Press Release:


Las Vegas, NV (USA) and SMJ Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) –- In a move to bring the UFC® experience one step closer for mixed martial arts fans in Japan, The Ultimate Fighting Championship® officially launched the first Japanese-language UFC web and mobile sites. Japanese fight fans can now access UFC via the new and only UFC branded Japanese PC and mobile sites across all three major carriers’ 3G networks in Japan.

The UFC Official Mobile sites will offer the latest news and enhanced content of the UFC to 3G network users of all three major mobile carriers – NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank in Japan. Content such as breaking news, fight previews, video interviews, photos and editorial columns will be offered on a daily basis.

Japanese fighter Yoshihiro Akiyama is the latest addition to the UFC, with his debut fight taking place at the historic UFC 100 event Saturday, July 11 in Las Vegas. In addition to Akiyama, UFC has a steady stream of talent coming out of Japan including Yushin Okami, Yoshiyuki Yoshida and Caol Uno.

The largest mixed martial arts organization (MMA) in the world, UFC delivers the premier series of MMA sporting events. UFC is the largest pay-per-view content provider in the world and is the fastest growing sports organization in history. UFC television programming can be seen in over 100 countries and territories worldwide in 20 different languages, including locally on WOWOW in Japan.

World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®), home of the best lighter weight fighters in the world, including the popular bantamweight Takeya Mizugaki, will also be featured in the mobile site with news, photos and other content.

To access UFC Japanese site on your web mobile device, please visit
To access UFC Japanese site on your desktop PC computer, please visit

It's interesting that the WEC will be featured on the site.  Since there's a sort of disdain for the UFC in Japan going back to the PRIDE purchase, I wonder if Zuffa would test the waters in Japan with the WEC first in terms of holding an event(if they do so)?  I don't think it matters though, either way it would still be 'foreigners' coming to their turf to try and conduct business.  Give me your thoughts.