September 7 is just around the corner and most of us can’t wait to see Khabib and Dustin go head-to-head.
If you haven’t got tickets for UFC 242, don’t worry, because the UFC president has promised more UFC fights in Abu Dhabi over the coming years. He said that the “close connection” between the capital and the UFC will make sure Abu Dhabi sees many more ‘big fights’.
He went on to say that there are more mega bouts to be hosted in Abu Dhabi as part of the company’s five-year partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) which is hosting the Abu Dhabi Showdown Week.
“The people of the UAE have been so good to the UFC. We are going to continue to come back and bring big fights to the Middle East,” he said.
During Abu Dhabi Showdown Week, eight UFC guest fighter will be conducting activations at different Abu Dhabi malls for fans.
Dana Whit, Matt Serra and Din Thomas will be going on a cruise in Abu Dhabi and will be doing an episode of ‘Looking for a Fight’ but the fight will be Khabib vs Poirier.
White is also adamant that soon fighters from the UAE and the Middle East will be joining UFC and will be appearing on UFC fight cards. He even strongly believes that world will also soon see a UFC champion from the Middle East.
He says that the events held in Abu Dhabi will fuel the MMA scene in the Middle East, “gyms pop up and people start training.” There is already a UFC gym in Dubai, where people can train various MMA fighting styles, and it opened in 2016.
There have been past instances where champions have risen from a region after the growth of the sport in that region. Robert Whittaker and Zhang Weili are examples from Australia and China, respectively.
“I said this about England, I said this about Australia, Canada and every country we have gone to - there will be a champion from the Middle East probably within the next six to seven years,” he said.