During yesterdays UFC 132 pre-fight press conference, White told the press that the UFC organization has plans to hit the land of the rising sun, despite recent natural disasters.
“We’re going to come to Japan, and probably very soon,” said White. When asked for a time frame, White responded, “this year.”
“We’re already working on it. If that’s not the first place, it’ll probably be the second. We’ve got three or four places dialed in right now for it.”
With top Japanese fighters now in the UFC and a dwindling Dream promotion in Japan, the time for a global expansion to Japan is likely now.
“We’re so big and reaching out so far, it’s just keeping all this s–t together is crazy. We’re working on so many different things and trying to get all these deals done. If you look at it right now, our television deal is up, we just went through all our pay-per-view deals, we’re expanding into all these different countries, plus we still run the regular business that we always ran. …It’s crazy.”