The UFC has officially declared its return to Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, on September 7. The announcement stated that the UFC will maintain lots of events in Abu Dhabi within the subsequent five years as it arrived to a”groundbreaking new venture” with the city’s Department of Culture and Tourism. You may read more about the deal of the UFC here.
UFC 242 is going to probably be the first time the Octagon has landed in Abu Dhabi since UFC Fight Night 39 back in April 2014, when Roy Nelson knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at the main event. UFC 242 is going to be the second time the promotion has held a pay-per-view occasion in Abu Dhabi after 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 champion Khabib Nurmagomedov attempting to unite his name with interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. That fight produces a great deal 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 obviously a fantastic thing for the advertising as this five-year deal will no doubt bring a great deal of extra money to the UFC’s coffers. It remains to be seen if the fighters will get any share of this, but the simple fact the UFC proceeds to hold events around the planet is a good thing since it will give local fighters from the Middle East presumably the chance to sign up with the UFC and fight inside the Octagon. We do not have some rumors of who else will be fighting on the card, but you can bet that fighters with a Middle Eastern or Muslim background is going to be booked for this event.
Besides 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 fight in September, but the timing has made it so that struggle is most likely going to take place in October. That’s also a fantastic thing for Jack Hermansson, that has been requesting to headline the UFC’s return to Copenhagen, also in October, as the timeline of that would provide him the best opportunity to resist the winner of the bout.
With UFC 242 being declared for September, we finally have confirmation there will be an additional pay-per-view in July following UFC 239, and yet another in August, as the UFC must make up to the cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
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