The UFC has formally announced its return to Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, on September 7. The announcement stated that the UFC will hold lots of events in Abu Dhabi over the subsequent five years since it came into a”groundbreaking new partnership” with the city’s Department of Culture and Tourism. You can read more about the UFC’s deal here.
UFC 242 will be the first time the Octagon has landed in Abu Dhabi since UFC Fight Night 39 back in April 2014, when Roy Nelson pumped out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at the primary event. UFC 242 is going to be the next time the advertising has held a pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi following UFC 112 back in April 201, the night Frankie Edgar took the UFC lightweight name from BJ Penn..
The UFC has not officially announced any bouts for UFC 242, but rumors continue to swirl about a significant title fight headlining the card. Rumors out there stage to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov trying to unify his title with interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. That fight produces a lot of sense considering Nurmagomedov’s Muslim heritage, and the interval is perfect because of the champ taking the summer off for Ramadan.
The UFC returning to Abu Dhabi is clearly a good thing for the promotion as this last-minute bargain will no doubt bring a great deal of extra money to the UFC’s coffers. It remains to be seen if the fighters will find any share of this, but the simple fact the UFC continues to hold events across the planet is a good thing since it will provide local fighters in the Middle East presumably the opportunity to sign up with the UFC and struggle inside the Octagon. We don’t have some rumors of who else will be battling on the card, however you can bet that boxers using a Middle Eastern or Muslim heritage will be reserved for this occasion.
In addition to the statement of UFC 242 at Abu Dhabi, there are rumors out there that the UFC will head to Australia in October for the middleweight title unification bout between champion Robert Whittaker and interim champ Israel Adesanya. It seemed like initially the plan was for those two to fight in September, but the timing has made it that struggle is likely going to occur in October. That is also a good thing for Jack Hermansson, that has been requesting to headline the UFC’s return to Copenhagen, also in October, since the timeline of that would provide him the ideal opportunity to fight the winner of that bout.
With UFC 242 being announced for September, we finally have confirmation there’ll be an additional pay-per-view in July after UFC 239, plus one more in August, as the UFC has to make up to its cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
Remember to remain tuned to MMAOB to receive the latest news and upgrades for UFC Abu Dhabi and each the promotion’s other events as new fights continue to be announced almost everyday in what is shaping up to be a rather busy 2019.
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