Singapore – UFC® continues to push the boundaries with AirAsia as its brand partnership takes on new life via the biggest fight in mixed martial arts history as UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) battles former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor (21-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) in the main event of UFC® 229: KHABIB vs. MCGREGOR, presented by Harley-Davidson, on Saturday, October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The match-up between Nurmagomedov and McGregor is the most anticipated in MMA history, and the event will see UFC and AirAsia deliver unprecedented branding inside the world-famous Octagon®. The famed red corner will be taken over by AirAsia creating unparalleled visibility for the airline brand on fight night.
“AirAsia is one of the most widely recognized brands throughout Asia – Pacific and they are a perfect partner to help us build positive brand awareness for UFC,” UFC President Dana White said. “This partnership is a great fit and we look forward to launching more exciting experiences for our fans.”
In the lead up to this colossal event, AirAsia’s cabin crew will join UFC’s Octagon Girls on stage during the official ceremonial weigh-ins, as one of the many highlights of a UFC fight week which sees thousands of fans in attendance and millions watching around the world.
Through this multi-facetted partnership, AirAsia will extend its brand presence on a global scale with asset integration across UFC’s social, digital, and Pay-Per-View broadcast of the event.
“We are thrilled to be part of a UFC world first,” said Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia. “AirAsia and UFC share the same values and vision, and we see the weigh-in and Octagon takeover as a perfect opportunity to leverage this affinity and connect with MMA fans around the world. We look forward to having amazing athletes fight out of the AirAsia red corner.”
Beyond UFC 229, AirAsia will continue to activate across UFC properties including the organization’s inaugural event in Beijing later this year, when UFC returns to China for UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: BLAYDES vs. NGANNOU 2, presented by General Tire. To further cement its status as the first Official Airline partner of UFC, the AirAsia Airbus 330-300 decorated with UFC branded livery will fly to Beijing during fight week.
Earlier this year, AirAsia announced its support to develop the next generation of MMA athletes in Asia, by sponsoring Indonesia’s One Pride strawweight champion, Linda Darrow, as the inaugural recipient of the first UFC Training Scholarship, for a month-long program at the UFC Performance Institute®, the world’s first mixed martial arts multi-disciplinary research, innovation and performance center.
UFC’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region is driving exponential brand growth with increases seen in fandom, live events and athletes as the organization continues its investment across the MMA ecosystem. Fans across Asia can tune in to watch UFC® 229: KHABIB vs. MCGREGOR, presented by Harley-Davidson, on Sunday October 7, please check local TV listings for more information.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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