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 hold a number of occasions in Abu Dhabi within the next five years since 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 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 knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the main event. UFC 242 will 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 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 stage to UFC lightweight winner Khabib Nurmagomedov trying to unify his name with interim UFC lightweight winner Dustin Poirier. That fight makes a great deal of sense considering Nurmagomedov’s Muslim heritage, 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 extra 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 planet is a good thing as it will provide local fighters from the Middle East presumably the opportunity to sign with the UFC and fight inside the Octagon. We don’t have some rumors of who else will be fighting about the card, but you can bet that boxers with a Middle Eastern or Muslim heritage is going to be reserved for this occasion.
In addition to this 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 seemed like originally the plan was for those two to struggle in September, however, the timing has made it that fight is most likely going to occur in October. That’s also a good 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 ideal opportunity to fight the winner of the bout.
Together with UFC 242 being declared for September, we now have confirmation there’ll be another pay-per-view in July following UFC 239, and one more in August, as the UFC has to compensate for its cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
Remember to stay tuned to MMAOB for the latest news and updates for UFC Abu Dhabi and all the promotion’s other occasions as new fights continue to be announced almost everyday in what’s shaping up to be a rather busy 2019.
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