Tom Wright Hoping For Title Fight For UFC 193 @ Melbourne Stadium

Tom Wright seems to be optimistic about the UFC’s return to Australia in Novemeber, he even went on to say that the country consistently “punches above its weight.”

As the organization announced this past month, UFC 193 is slated for Sunday, Nov. 15, in Melbourne. Due to the time change, the pay-per-view card airs in the U.S. on Saturday, Nov. 14.

According to Wright, the managing director of UFC operations for Canada, Australia and New Zealand, it should be a major event thanks to Australia’s – and neighboring New Zealand’s – strong MMA support. Heres what he had to say:

“To borrow a line from boxing, MMA punches above its weight, and it does so in New Zealand, as well, still have come challenges, some issues that are all about trying to grow and develop the sport. Because, you’ve got to remember, it’s still young. And while globally, we’re just a teenager, here in New Zealand and Australia, I’d say we’re three to five years behind of the development of the sport in other areas, particularly North America. We’ve got Etihad Stadium held, and we’ve got Rod Laver Arena held, We’ve got options. First and foremost, we’re going to bring a major, global pay-per-view event to this country and to the city of Melbourne, … When you bring a pay-per-view to any market, you guarantee at least one, and maybe two championships, which is really important. And you’ve always heard me say that we’ve got one chance to make a first impression – and Victoria is a big state. The city of Melbourne is a global city, and it really is in many ways the sporting capital, certainly of Australia. So we really want to bring a big event. We don’t know what kind of card is going to be available, We don’t know whether it’s going to be heavyweights and maybe Ronda (Rousey), or it could be another championship. So depending on the card, I think it’s prudent planning on our part to have some flexibility. We don’t know who’s going to be available. You don’t know who’s going to be ready. You just don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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