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 a number of occasions in Abu Dhabi over the subsequent five years as it came to a"groundbreaking new venture" with the town's Department of Culture and Tourism. You can read more about the UFC's deal here.
UFC 242 is going to 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 second time the advertising has held a pay-per-view occasion in Abu Dhabi after UFC 112 back in April 201, the night 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 significant title fight headlining the card. Rumors out there stage to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov attempting to unite his name with interim UFC lightweight winner Dustin Poirier. That fight makes a great deal of sense considering Nurmagomedov's Muslim background, and the timeframe is perfect due to the champ taking the summer off for Ramadan.
The UFC returning to Abu Dhabi is obviously a fantastic thing for the promotion as this five-year deal will undoubtedly bring a great deal of extra money to the UFC's coffers. It remains to be seen if the fighters are going to get any share of this, but the simple fact the UFC continues to hold events across the world is a fantastic thing since it will give local fighters in the Middle East presumably the chance to sign with the UFC and struggle within the Octagon. We don't have some rumors of who will be battling on the card, however you can bet that boxers with a Middle Eastern or Muslim background is going to 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 appeared like originally the plan was for those two to fight in September, but the timing has made it that fight is most likely going to take place in October. That is also a good thing for Jack Hermansson, who has been asking to headline the UFC's return to Copenhagen, also in October, since the timeline of that would give him the ideal chance to resist the winner of that bout.
Together with UFC 242 being declared for September, we now have confirmation there'll be another pay-per-view in July after UFC 239, and one more in August, as the UFC must make up for its cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
Remember to stay tuned to MMAOB to receive the latest news and updates for UFC Abu Dhabi and each the advertising's other occasions as new struggles continue to be declared almost everyday in what is shaping up to be a rather active 2019.
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