The UFC has officially announced its return to Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, on September 7. The announcement said that the UFC will hold lots of occasions in Abu Dhabi over the next five years as it came to a”revolutionary new venture” with the town’s Department of Culture and Tourism. You may read more about the deal of the UFC here.
UFC 242 is going to be the first time that the Octagon has landed in Abu Dhabi since UFC Fight Night 39 back in April 2014, when Roy Nelson knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the primary 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 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 about a big title fight headlining the card. Rumors out there point to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov attempting to unify his name with interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. That fight makes a lot of sense considering Nurmagomedov’s Muslim background, and the timeframe is ideal due to the champ taking the summer off for Ramadan.
The UFC returning to Abu Dhabi is clearly a fantastic thing for the promotion as this last-minute bargain 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 that, but the simple fact the UFC proceeds 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 up with the UFC and fight within the Octagon. We do not have any rumors of who else will be battling on the card, however you can bet that fighters with a Middle Eastern or Muslim background will be booked for this occasion.
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 appeared like originally the plan was for those two to struggle in September, but the timing has made it that struggle is most likely going to take place in October. That is also a good thing for Jack Hermansson, that has been requesting to headline the UFC’s return to Copenhagen, also in October, since the deadline of this would give him the best chance to fight the winner of that bout.
With UFC 242 being declared for September, we finally have confirmation there’ll be an additional pay-per-view in July following UFC 239, and one more in August, as the UFC must make up for its cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
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