UFC has just concluded its second bi-annual Combine, a talent evaluation platform that allows the best MMA prospects in China to showcase their skills and abilities for a full ride scholarship at the UFC Academy. There were twenty-five athletes selected from the first UFC Combine, and after six months of full time training at the world-class UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai, they amassed a 23-3 fight record.
Twenty new athletes along with twenty UFC Academy enrollees were invited to take part in the second Combine. They were tested on 72 individual metrics in 12 categories covering technical skill (wrestling, grappling and striking) with physical ability (explosive lower and upper body power, maximum strength, anaerobic power, anaerobic capacity, reaction time, aerobic recoverability).
Following the second UFC Combine, the male athletes selected for the second UFC Academy Season include stand out MMA fighters Ma Haobin and Sha Yilan, China regional champions Lv Zhenhong and Aoriqileng, and hot prospects Rong Zhu and Ba Lajin. The female athletes selected include IMMAF world champion Han Guangmei, plus stand outs Yan Qihui, Liang Na and Ramona Pascual.
As previously announced, the first-ever Asia edition of Dana White’s Contender Series, the groundbreaking mixed martial arts fight series that showcases up-and-coming talent, will be taking place at the UFC Performance Institute starting in 2020. Selected UFC Academy participants will face regional contenders for a chance to be considered for the biggest stage in combat sports, UFC.
Additional details concerning the UFC Academy and DWCS Asia schedules, format, and participants will be announced at a later date.