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 maintain lots of occasions in Abu Dhabi within the next five years as it came into a”revolutionary new venture” with the town’s Department of Culture and Tourism. You can read more about the UFC’s deal here.
UFC 242 will probably be the first time the Octagon has landed in Abu Dhabi because UFC Fight Night 39 back in April 2014, when Roy Nelson pumped out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the main event. UFC 242 is going to be the next time the advertising has held a pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi after UFC 112 back in April 201, the night Frankie Edgar took the UFC lightweight title from BJ Penn..
The UFC hasn’t officially announced any bouts for UFC 242, but rumors continue to swirl to a big title fight headlining the card. Rumors out there point to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov trying to unify his name with interim UFC lightweight winner Dustin Poirier. That battle makes a lot of sense considering Nurmagomedov’s Muslim heritage, and the timeframe is ideal 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 undoubtedly bring a lot of extra money to the UFC’s coffers. It remains to be seen if the fighters will find any share of that, but the simple fact the UFC proceeds to hold events around the planet is a fantastic thing since it will provide local fighters in the Middle East presumably the chance to sign up with the UFC and struggle inside the Octagon. We do not have some rumors of who will be fighting on the card, but you can bet that fighters using a Middle Eastern or Muslim background is going to be booked for this occasion.
In addition to this announcement of UFC 242 at Abu Dhabi, there are rumors out there that the UFC will visit 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 struggle in September, but the timing has made it that fight is most likely going to occur in October. That’s also a good thing for Jack Hermansson, who has been requesting to headline the UFC’s return to Copenhagen, also in October, since the deadline of that would give him the ideal opportunity to resist the winner of the bout.
Together with UFC 242 being declared for September, we finally have confirmation there will be another pay-per-view in July after UFC 239, and yet another in August, as the UFC has to make up to its cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
Don’t forget to remain tuned to MMAOB to receive the latest news and updates for UFC Abu Dhabi and each of the advertising’s other occasions as fresh fights continue to be declared almost everyday in what’s shaping up to be a rather active 2019.
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