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 hold lots of occasions in Abu Dhabi over the subsequent five years as it arrived into a”revolutionary new partnership” with the city’s Department of Culture and Tourism. You may read more about the UFC’s deal here.
UFC 242 will probably 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 main event. UFC 242 is going to be the next time the advertising has held a pay-per-view occasion in Abu Dhabi following UFC 112 back in April 201, the night Frankie Edgar took the UFC lightweight title from BJ Penn..
The UFC has not 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 unite his title with interim UFC lightweight winner Dustin Poirier. That battle makes a great deal of sense considering Nurmagomedov’s Muslim background, and the interval 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 last-minute bargain will undoubtedly bring a great deal of additional cash to the UFC’s coffers. It remains to be seen if the fighters are going to find any share of this, but the simple fact the UFC proceeds to hold events across the world is a fantastic thing since it will provide local fighters from the Middle East presumably the opportunity to sign up with the UFC and fight within the Octagon. We don’t have any rumors of who will be fighting about the card, but you can bet that fighters using a Middle Eastern or Muslim heritage will be booked for this occasion.
In addition to this announcement 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 seemed like originally the plan was for people two to struggle in September, but the timing has made it that fight is most likely going to occur in October. That is also a fantastic thing for Jack Hermansson, that has been requesting to headline the UFC’s return to Copenhagen, also in October, as the deadline of that would provide him the best chance to fight the winner of the bout.
With UFC 242 being announced for September, we now have confirmation there’ll be an additional pay-per-view in July following UFC 239, and one more in August, since the UFC has to compensate for its cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
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