The UFC has to a large extent been responsible for putting MMA as a sport on the world map. UFC has also lately taken up a new initiative to cultivate new talent by building performance institutes in different countries for fighters to train at. In a recent interview, White claimed that they might soon be opening up a Performance Institue in India!
In an interview given to CM Punk and Dave Ross on Stadium, the UFC President revealed that he will be leaving for China next week to inaugurate the new PI. He also said that there are plans to soon inaugurate PIs in Mexico City and Puerto Rico as well and that they might be opening ones in India and UK after that. Here’s what he had to say:
I’m going to China next week to do the ribbon cutting for the new Performance Institute there, we just found some dirt in Mexico City where we’re going to build another one. We’re looking at two more in Mexico and we’re going to build one in Puerto Rico. We’ve been cultivating talent for the last 10 to 12 years, I send my matchmakers to China looking for talent. When they find the talent they send them back to the US and we put them in big camps to train.
We’ll see what’s next, India, the UK, I don’t know.