UFC to hold first event in China

Updated: July 5, 2012, 5:07 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

UFC will hold an event in China for the first time on Nov. 10, the promotion announced Tuesday night.

The Fight Night card will take place in Macau, a special administrative region of China. Macau is located off the mainland's southern coast. It is about 37 miles west of Hong Kong.

Venetian Macao-Resort Hotel will host the event at its CoteiArena, which has a seating capacity of 15,000.

"Breaking into a market with a population of over 1.3 billion is both a testament to the growth of our sport and a long-term challenge we are excited to undertake," UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. "This is just the first of many world-class fights we plan to hold over the coming years in China, one of the birthplaces of martial arts.

"The world-class CoteiArena in Macau is an ideal place to start this journey."

UFC has not yet announced which fighters will participate on the card.