Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has only staged two events in the United Arab Emirates, UFC Fight Night 39 in 2014, and UFC 112 in 2010.
But now the promotion is promising more fights in Abu Dhabi, as UFC president Dana White recently announced it would be bringing several events over to Abu Dhabi over the course of the next five years. To kick things off, White revealed that UFC 242 will go down on September 7, 2019 with UFC 242.
And as you can tell by the video promo announcement below, the pay-per-view (PPV) event is likely to feature a much-anticipated Lightweight title unification match between division king Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim title holder, Dustin Poirier.
Even Poirier was quick to hint at the fight against “The Eagle” going down at this event:
Of course, “location sent” is a tip of the hat to Khabib’s infamous statement to Conor McGregor after “The Eagle” advised “Notorious” to simply send him the location of where he was going to be if they wanted to settle their differences man-to-man.
Porier earned his shot against Khabib after defeating current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in a wildly-entertaining fight at UFC 236 just a few weeks ago to claim the interim title.
With UFC’s plan to globally dominate the sport, staging events in Abu Dhabi on a consistent bases is the right thing to do.
But with promotions such as Combate Americas dominating the market in Mexico and other Latino countries, and ONE Championship eating up all the rating in Singapore and now Japan, taking over the entire MMA arena just got a bit tougher for UFC.
Though I am sure they are more than up to the task to go in and take over those regions in the future, as well.