THE OCTAGON RETURNS TO ABU DHABI FOR UFC 242
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 within the subsequent five years since it arrived into a”groundbreaking new venture” with the city’s Department of Culture and Tourism. You can read more about the UFC’s deal here.
UFC 242 is going to be the first time the Octagon has landed in Abu Dhabi since UFC Fight Night 39 back in April 2014, when Roy Nelson knocked out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at the main event. UFC 242 will be the second time the advertising has held a pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi following UFC 112 back in April 201, the night 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 stage to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov trying to unify his title with interim UFC lightweight winner Dustin Poirier. That fight produces a great deal of sense considering Nurmagomedov’s Muslim heritage, and the interval 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 undoubtedly bring a lot of extra cash to the UFC’s coffers. It remains to be seen if the fighters are going to find any share of that, but the fact the UFC proceeds to hold events across the planet is a good thing as it will give local fighters from the Middle East presumably the opportunity to sign up with the UFC and struggle inside the Octagon. We don’t have some rumors of who else will be battling on the card, however you can bet that fighters using a Middle Eastern or Muslim background is going to be booked for this event.
Besides the statement of UFC 242 at 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 seemed like originally the plan was for those two to struggle in September, but the timing has made it so that fight is likely going to take place in October. That’s also a fantastic 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 best chance to resist the winner of the bout.
With UFC 242 being declared for September, we finally have confirmation there’ll be an additional pay-per-view in July after UFC 239, and one more in August, as the UFC has to make up for its cancellation of UFC 233 back in January.
Don’t forget to stay tuned to MMAOB for the latest news and updates for UFC Abu Dhabi and each the promotion’s other occasions as fresh struggles continue to be declared almost everyday in what’s shaping up to be a rather busy 2019.
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