MMA: First five fights announced for UFC Singapore live event on June 17

SINGAPORE - Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will compete at the promotion's highly-anticipated return to Singapore on June 17.

The 38-year-old Belarusian has a 25-14 win-loss professional MMA (mixed martial arts) record and is currently the division's eighth-ranked fighter.

He headlined UFC's Rotterdam event last May and will take on Polish fighter Marcin Tybura in one of the first five fights which UFC announced on Tuesday (March 28).

The UFC Fight Night Singapore, held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, marks the organisation's first live event here since 2014 and will feature 12 fights.

A host of Asian fighters have been pencilled in. Japanese fighters Takanori Gomi and Ulka Sasaki will take on Americans Jon Tuck and Justin Scoggins respectively, while South Korean Kwan Ho Kwak will clash against Hawaiian striker Russell Doane. Cyril Asker of France will take on American Walt Harris.

UFC will announce the main events at a later date.

Several popular MMA websites have recently reported that former UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm, who handed Ronda Rousey her first loss inside the Octagon in 2015, could feature in Singapore. The UFC have yet to confirm this.

Tickets for the Singapore event are now available at Sports Hub Tix.