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UFC coming to China in November

CotaiArena in Macau, China

CotaiArena in Macau, China Credit: UFC

The UFC announced Tuesday night that it will host a fight card in China on Nov. 10, 2012, specifically at the CotaiArena in Macau, a special administrative region of the country.

No actual fights have been announced yet, but the card will air on Fuel TV here in the U.S.

“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,” said Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Chairman and CEO, in a statement. “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 CotaiArena in Macau is an ideal place to start this journey.”

The arena, owned by the Sands company, seats 15,000 fans and is located at The Venetian's Resort-Hotel in Macau.

The UFC said it already reaches 450 million viewers in China, and has more than 500 million unique viewers to Internet content in the country.

New York Sports