UFC books 32 men to participate in first ever Grand Prix

UFC is usually a trend setter in the world of MMA but for once – they’re taking a page from their competitors book.  UFC has decided to run the first ever tournament in Asia during the UFC 275 media week.

They’ve reportedly tapped 32 athletes to participate and vie for the change to earn a UFC contract.

The Grand Prix is titled ‘Road to UFC’ and will feature 4 different weight  classes with 8 participants in each division. The tournament kicks off on June 9th in Singapore. The promotion had opted for this in order to secure some up and coming talent from Asia. Unlike past events – UFC Singapore has a real appeal this time with a light heavyweight title bout on the line in a match up between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka.

The weight classes being represented are flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight. This edition of the ‘Road to UFC’ is only welcoming male athletes. Tournament competitors will be sourced from many different countries in Asia including Japan, Thailand, China, India and more.

International fight fans can stream the action on the UFC Fight Pass digital network.

No word yet if the actual contract at the end of the tournament is any better than the $10,000 to show, $10,000 to win UFC default. In the past UFC has actually treated the participants of Dana White’s contender series and TUF to worse contracts than the typical outside athlete they sign.