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It’s been five long years since Abu Dhabi last hosted a UFC event, and the capital has inked a deal with the global sports brand to host fight nights for the next five years.

UFC returns to Abu Dhabi

Martial arts fans, rejoice! Abu Dhabi will play host to UFC’s high-octane fight nights until 2024. Today, UFC announced a partnership with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, to bring UFC events to the capital for five years. The last time Abu Dhabi hosted a UFC event was at the du Arena in 2014, headlined by Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira and Roy “Big Country” Nelson.

Ongoing talks for UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi this September

With the partnership announced, the fight card for UFC 242 is yet to be confirmed, whether it will take place in Abu Dhabi. According to The National, organizers say the fight card will be announced within the next two months. What’s more, chances of seeing the reigning UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov make his comeback in Abu Dhabi is yet to be confirmed, despite rumours swirling since the last two weeks.

Fight night coming up in Dubai this weekend

If boxing, MMA and martial arts are what you’re after, you might want to head to FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s fight night this Friday, 3rd May. The event will feature 26 martial artists, including cruiserweight boxing star Viddal Riley and Dubai-based boxer Mohammad Ali Bayat, taking part in 14 fights. The fight night is set to host a plethora of former boxing champions and local stars, including former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan, the legendary “Jazzie” Jeff Mayweather, YouTube star Mo Vlogs and social media sensation Omar Borkan.

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