UFC 242 Set for Abu Dhabi
The UFC® is returning to Abu Dhabi for the first time in five years.
The promotion officially announced in a press release on April 29 that it has inked a five-year deal with the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism to host UFC events in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The first event of the new deal will be UFC 242 on September 7, 2019.
“The demand from our fans to bring UFC back to Abu Dhabi has been overwhelming, and over the next five years, DCT Abu Dhabi will help us deliver some spectacular UFC championship fights to the UAE," UFC President Dana White said in the release. "I’m very excited about this partnership and what it will mean for the growth of this sport and for UFC in the region.”
Current speculation has Khabib Nurmagomedov set to defend the UFC Lightweight Championship against interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier in the main event. While no fight has been officially booked yet, fuel was added to the fire when Poirier tweeted this following the announcement of UFC 242:
Location Sent— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 29, 2019
This will be the third event in the UFC's history to be held in Abu Dhabi, following UFC 112: Invincible in 2010 and UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson in 2014.
UFC 112, the promotion's inaugural voyage into the emirates, was headlined by two title fights — Anderson Silva defeated Demain Maia to retain the Middleweight Championship and Frankie Edgar beat B.J. Penn to win the Lightweight title. The event was held at Concert Arena on Yas Island and had an attendance of over 11,000 spectators.
UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson was held on April 11, 2014 at du Arena on Yas Island. The smaller-scale event had an attendance of just under 8,000 and was headlined by a heavyweight clash between Roy Nelson and 'Minotauro' Nogueira (Nelson won via KO).
Official Ticket Packages for UFC 242
While Official Ticket Packages for UFC 242 have not gone on sale yet, make sure to check back with the UFC VIP Experience to secure your spot in Abu Dhabi on September 7. An Official Ticket Package takes guests beyond the fight, offering access to pre-fight weigh-ins, premium hospitality, private fighter meet-and-greets and much more. Visit the page below to keep up to date on all UFC 242 Official Ticket Package information.