In international UFC news, Dana White announced at the UFC 131: "Dos Santos vs. Carwin" pre-fight press conference that he hopes to bring his fight promotion to China "within the next 18 months." He also brought unfortunate news for fight fans in the Kingdom of Sweden. While UFC had previously intended to hold a show in the Nordic country sometime this year, those plans have since fallen through. That's only for 2011, however, as the organization still has designs of of holding a show there sometime down the road.
UFC is pleased to announce a television deal with Inner Mongolia Television that will mark the first time in history UFC will be seen on TV in China, continuing the global expansion of the premier brand in mixed martial arts. Inner Mongolia Television, known as NMTV, is a network broadcast station available in 80 million households, with the potential to reach 240 million viewers throughout all the provinces of China. Starting this month, NMTV will air up to 16 hours of UFC programming per month, including the trademark shows The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed and UFC All Access, with an option to air recent UFC pay-per-view event telecasts.