After 2014, Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Abu Dhabi. The company entered into a contract with the Department of Culture and Tourism under the Advantage Abu Dhabi program.

The announcement was a part of a five-year agreement with the tourism department of the country. Under the agreement, UFC will bring more events to the emirate until 2024.

7 plans and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov said he expects to headline the event, presumably against interim champion Dustin Poirier.

UFC president, Dana White said in the press release, “We are making a long-time commitment to Abu Dhabi because we have had a great success in the market. The demand from our fans to UFC back to Abu Dhabi has been overwhelming, and over the years, DCT Abu Dhabi will help us deliver some spectacular UFC championship fights to the UAE.”

Before the deal, pay-television broadcaster Abu Dhabi Media garnered exclusive rights in the Middle East and North Africa earlier this month.

He Mohammad Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi said, “UFC will become a key component of Abu Dhabi’s thriving events of calendar for the next five years, which is already packed full of not only great sporting events, but also cultural, arts and entertainment offerings as well.

This spectacular mixed martial arts event, which has a huge following around the world, will bring heightened impetus to visitation in the third quarter for the emirate and will no doubt boost incoming tourist numbers as fight fans across the globe gather in Abu Dhabi.”


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