Ufc 112 Confirmed For Abu Dhabi; First Out Door Stadium

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    Ufc 112 Confirmed For Abu Dhabi; First Out Door Stadium


    The Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi... done deal.

    That’s the word from Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole, who confirmed the event with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.

    Despite confirming the sale of a 10-percent stake in the promotion to Flash Entertainment, a company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi government, UFC officials weren’t quite sure if a venue could be put together fast enough for a proposed April 10 date in Abu Dhabi.

    A new venue will be built for future UFC events, but UFC 112 will be held in the outdoor Concert Arena at Ferrari World on Yas Island.

    “This is one of the biggest and most significant nights in the history of the UFC,” company president Dana White told Yahoo! Sports. “UFC 112 is our first ever outdoor event and it is taking place in the hometown of our brand new partners, Flash Entertainment.”

    As expected, two title bouts will head the event. Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight strap against Vitor Belfort and UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn will fight Frankie Edgar.

    The card will also feature Renzo Gracie making his UFC debut against former welterweight titleholder Matt Hughes.

    Abu Dhabi has long been a strong supporter of mixed martial arts, and has a particular interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Members of the royal family have trained extensively with Renzo and other members of the Gracie family over the years.

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, has been a strong backer of the Art of War mixed martial arts promotion in China, a market the UFC has been working hard to crack. Sheikh Mohammed is believed to be one of the key players orchestrating the deal with the UFC, bringing the event to Abu Dhabi.

    This is the beginning of a trail of stacked cards in the UFC.
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    this looks like a real nice card. Some good cards coming up starting the end of feb.
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    I know it will be a stupid question... But here it goes!

    What if it rains?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bla55 View Post
    I know it will be a stupid question... But here it goes!

    What if it rains?
    no one thought of that one yet
    lol
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    In Abu Dhabi, they don't know what rain is. They'll still have some sort of covering as this is far from the first MMA event that has been held outdoors.
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    hahaha right, reminds me of all those crappy quality vids of "king of the beach MMA!!!!" and guys in tshirts throwing messy punches and akward takedowns.
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    great.....UFC has already started selling out to foreign countries. Awesome pretty soon we will just have English subtitles......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wudog View Post
    great.....UFC has already started selling out to foreign countries. Awesome pretty soon we will just have English subtitles......
    The UFC isn't making Abu Dhabi their new home base. UFC does events in other regions in an attempt to generate a greater fan base, not to move away from an American audience. That was really dumb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    The UFC isn't making Abu Dhabi their new home base. UFC does events in other regions in an attempt to generate a greater fan base, not to move away from an American audience. That was really dumb.
    Not to mention the long-standing love by the Sheik (a Renzo BB). Since when is having investors with DEEP pockets a bad idea?
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    "Despite confirming the sale of a 10-percent stake in the promotion" why give them money?
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    That's going to be a great fight card.
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