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UFC 242 is heading to Abu Dhabi

Words by Nathan Irvine

Could Khabib Nurmagomedov's title defence headline the show?

It’s official. The premier MMA organisation is coming back to the Middle East with UFC 242 on September 9. Specifically, the fisticuffs and grappling will take place in Abu Dhabi – five years since the last time it was here.

Details on the actual location where the Octagon will land are scarce, but we’ll hazard a guess and say it will be at Du Arena. You can sign up for updates on the venue and card by clicking here.

Don’t call it a comeback

All the recent rumours suggest that UFC 242 will see the return of current lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. The man tweeted as much. And a scrap with interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier could be the headline act.

In fact, if you look carefully at the announcement video above, you’ll notice that when UFC president says “headlined by some of the biggest stars in the sport” Khabib and Poirier are pictured. Cue massive excitement.

There is, however, talk of a rematch with Conor McGregor. The pair fought a bitter battle last time out, and with the UFC still keen to keep the bankable Irishman at the top of any bill, he just might leapfrog Poirier.

The announcement also marks a new five-year partnership between the UFC and Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the link-up also guarantees title fights in the capital, too, which means the top fighters will be duke it out from now until 2024. We can’t wait.

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