Rival MMA Promotion, RUFF China: “Dana White and the UFC will not be “in China” this year.”

The number one mixed martial arts promotion in China, Ruff China, speaks on the comments made by UFC President Dana White this week which suggested that the octagon will touch down in the region before the year is out, something that they say is far from the truth.

Joel Resnick, the president of Ruff China, speaking to MMABay, said:

“Dana White and the UFC will not be “in China” this year. His announcement of having an event in Macau and saying they are in China is similar to having a fight in Puerto Rico and claiming to be in the United States. Chinese citizens require a visa to go from China to Macau. Macau is a separate territory with its own government, currency and passports. Go ask Dana why the UFC isn’t having an event in Shanghai or Beijing? It’s because he can’t. RUFF is the only MMA organization with a permit issued by the Wushu Administrative Center, the official Chinese government division that controls Martial Arts within Mainland China, to stage professional MMA events as a legal sport in Mainland China.”

“RUFF welcomes the UFC to hold an event in Macau as it will only bring more attention to the great sport of MMA in Asia. RUFF is the only professional MMA organization “in China”. We’ve had three events in China within the last year, with the most recent being a sold out 9 fight event March 24 in the city of Chongqing. RUFF has a complete calendar of events that will take place every other month, in Mainland China, over the next year. The RUFF 2012 event schedule will culminate in the SUPER FIGHT, just before Chinese New Year in 2013 when up to seven China National MMA Champions will be crowned and each weight class champion will with the belt and a RMB1,000,000 prize (approximately $160,000US).”

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