State-of-the-art tech to aid the world’s best martial artists in new UFC Performance Institute
The world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, the UFC, is investing in a brand new multi-million dollar facility to help develop world-class martial artists in the spiritual home of martial arts.
The UFC, which is headquartered in Las Vegas, is set to build and launch a colossal 93,000 square-foot elite athlete training and performance facility in Shanghai, China.
The huge facility will serve as a hub for the best martial artists in the Asia-Pacific region to train and develop their skills in a state-of-the-art environment.
The UFC Performance Institute Shanghai will house a plethora of world-class facilities including a hypoxic lab, cryotherapy chamber, underwater treadmill, hot and cold water plunges, DEXA scan facilities and much more.
There are also facilities for athlete relaxation and recovery, including relaxation and cognitive performance lounges, a flotation tank, saunas and steam rooms.
Managed by a team of industry-leading experts in the fields of physical therapy, athletic performance and nutrition, the UFC Performance Institute Shanghai will also offer a full MMA coaching staff, which will implement a sport-specific training system developed in consultation with former UFC light heavyweight champion, UFC Hall of Famer, and current UFC Vice President of Athlete Development, Forrest Griffin.
It all adds up to a stellar facility that is unmatched anywhere in world sport. And at more than 93,000 square feet in size, it delivers a facility three times the size of the UFC’s original Performance Institute in Las Vegas.
UFC president Dana White said he “could not be more excited” about the launch of the new Performance Institute, and called the new facility a “game-changer” for the UFC in the region.
The UFC has identified Asia as a major area for growth and development. They see the launch of the new Performance Institute as a hub from which they can establish a real presence in the region, bringing the talent, expertise and facilities athletes have enjoyed at their Las Vegas base to Asian athletes in China.
In addition to the sports science and athlete development facilities at the Shanghai venue, the UFC Performance Institute Shanghai will also feature built-in advanced production capabilities, including a mini-arena with spectator seating, which will allow the UFC to produce and distribute live events and original programming direct from the facility.
The UFC’s growth across the world as the leading organization in mixed martial arts has been a remarkable one, and it is about to embark on the biggest year in its history.
The final event of 2018, UFC 232, features the long-awaited return of arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, American light-heavyweight Jon “Bones” Jones.
Jones will bid to recapture the UFC light-heavyweight world title he never lost in the octagon when he takes on Swedish contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson in the main event in Las Vegas.
With Jones already holding a win over Gustafsson from earlier in their respective careers, and with the American on a mission to return to the top of the sport, experts and pundits are in agreement that a bet on Jones to make a winning return on December 29 at one of Canada’s leading casino platforms is well worth your money.
And with the UFC investing in state-of-the-art facilities like their planned Performance Institute in Shanghai, they’ll be hoping their vision is worth their investment, too.