The UFC has officially announced its return to Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, on September 7. The statement stated that the UFC will hold a number of events in Abu Dhabi within the subsequent five years since it arrived into a”groundbreaking new partnership” with the city’s Department of Culture and Tourism. You can read more about the deal of the UFC here.
UFC 242 will probably be the first time that 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 primary event. UFC 242 is going to be the next time the promotion 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 has not officially announced any bouts for UFC 242, but rumors continue to swirl about a big title fight headlining the card. Rumors out there stage to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov trying to unite his title with interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. That battle produces a great deal of sense considering Nurmagomedov’s Muslim background, and the interval is perfect due to the champ taking the summer off for Ramadan.
The UFC returning to Abu Dhabi is clearly a fantastic thing for the advertising as this five-year deal will undoubtedly bring a great deal of additional money to the UFC’s coffers. It remains to be seen if the fighters will find any share of that, but the fact the UFC continues to hold events around the planet is a good thing since it will provide local fighters from the Middle East presumably the chance to sign with the UFC and fight within the Octagon. We don’t have some rumors of who else will be battling about the card, but you can bet that boxers with a Middle Eastern or Muslim background is going to be reserved for this event.
In addition to this statement of UFC 242 in 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 people two to fight in September, but the timing has made it so that fight is most likely going to take place in October. That’s also a good thing for Jack Hermansson, that has been asking to headline the UFC’s return to Copenhagen, also in October, since the deadline of that would provide him the ideal opportunity to resist the winner of the bout.
With UFC 242 being announced for September, we now have confirmation there’ll be another pay-per-view in July following UFC 239, plus one more in August, as the UFC has to compensate for its cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
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