The UFC has officially 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 since it came into a”revolutionary new partnership” with the town’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 at the primary event. UFC 242 is going to be the next time the promotion has held a pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi after UFC 112 back in April 201, the nighttime Frankie Edgar took the UFC lightweight name 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 point to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov trying to unify his title with interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. That battle makes a great deal of sense considering Nurmagomedov’s Muslim heritage, and the interval is ideal because of the champ taking the summer off for Ramadan.
The UFC returning to Abu Dhabi is obviously a good thing for the promotion as this last-minute bargain will no doubt bring a lot of additional cash 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 continues to hold events around the world is a fantastic thing since it will provide local fighters in the Middle East presumably the chance to sign with the UFC and fight inside the Octagon. We don’t have some rumors of who will be fighting on the card, however you can bet that boxers with a Middle Eastern or Muslim background is going to be booked for this event.
In addition to the announcement of UFC 242 at 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 that fight is likely going to occur 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 deadline of this would provide him the best chance to resist the winner of that bout.
Together with UFC 242 being announced for September, we finally have confirmation there’ll be an additional pay-per-view in July after UFC 239, and one more in August, since the UFC must compensate for the cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
Remember to remain tuned to MMAOB for the latest news and upgrades for UFC Abu Dhabi and all of the promotion’s other events as fresh fights continue to be announced almost everyday in what’s shaping up to be a very busy 2019.
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