The UFC has officially declared its return to Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, on September 7. The announcement said that the UFC will hold a number of occasions in Abu Dhabi within the next five years since it came to a”groundbreaking new venture” with the city’s Department of Culture and Tourism. You can read more about the deal of the UFC here.
UFC 242 is going to probably be the first time that 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 will be the second time the advertising has held a pay-per-view occasion in Abu Dhabi following UFC 112 back in April 201, the nighttime Frankie Edgar took the UFC lightweight name from BJ Penn..
The UFC hasn’t formally announced any bouts for UFC 242, but rumors continue to swirl to a big title fight headlining the card. Rumors out there stage to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov trying to unify his name 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 obviously a fantastic thing for the promotion as this five-year deal will no doubt bring a lot of additional money to the UFC’s coffers. It remains to be seen if the fighters are going to get any share of this, but the simple fact the UFC continues to hold events around the planet is a good thing as it will give local fighters in the Middle East presumably the opportunity to sign up with the UFC and struggle within the Octagon. We do not have any rumors of who else will be battling about the card, however you can bet that fighters with a Middle Eastern or Muslim background is going to be booked for this event.
In addition to this statement of UFC 242 in 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 appeared like originally the plan was for those two to struggle in September, but the timing has made it so that fight is likely going to occur in October. That is also a good thing for Jack Hermansson, who has been asking to headline the UFC’s return to Copenhagen, also in October, since the deadline of this would give him the ideal chance to fight the winner of that bout.
With UFC 242 being announced for September, we finally have confirmation there will be another pay-per-view in July following UFC 239, plus yet another in August, as the UFC must make up for the cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
Remember to remain tuned to MMAOB for the latest news and updates for UFC Abu Dhabi and each the advertising’s other occasions as new fights continue to be declared almost everyday in what’s shaping up to be a very busy 2019.
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