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Postado em 9 de julho, 2019
The UFC has officially declared its return to Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, on September 7. The announcement said that the UFC will hold a number of events in Abu Dhabi within the subsequent five years since it arrived into a”revolutionary new venture” 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 the Octagon has landed in Abu Dhabi because UFC Fight Night 39 back in April 2014, when Roy Nelson knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at the primary event. UFC 242 is going to be the second time the promotion has held a pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi following UFC 112 back in April 201, the nighttime Frankie Edgar took the UFC lightweight title from BJ Penn..
The UFC hasn’t officially 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 winner Khabib Nurmagomedov trying to unify his name with interim UFC lightweight winner Dustin Poirier. That fight produces a lot of sense considering Nurmagomedov’s Muslim background, and the timeframe is perfect 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 extra cash to the UFC’s coffers. It remains to be seen if the fighters will get any share of this, but the fact the UFC proceeds to hold events across the world is a fantastic thing as it will give local fighters in the Middle East presumably the chance to sign up with the UFC and struggle inside the Octagon. We don’t have any rumors of who else will be battling about the card, but you can bet that boxers with a Middle Eastern or Muslim heritage will be booked for this occasion.
In addition to the statement 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 seemed like originally the plan was for people two to fight in September, however, the timing has made it so that struggle is most likely going to occur in October. That is also a good thing for Jack Hermansson, who has been requesting to headline the UFC’s return to Copenhagen, also in October, as the timeline of this would provide him the best opportunity to fight the winner of that bout.
With UFC 242 being announced 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 compensate to 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 of the promotion’s other events as new fights continue to be declared almost everyday in what is shaping up to be a very active 2019.
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