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UFC returns to Abu Dhabi in October 2021

Words by Nathan Irvine

Fight capital

The UFC is coming back to Abu Dhabi. On October 30th 2021, the biggest MMA show on the planet will return to the UAE capital with an action-packed card that will be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between current champ Jan Błachowicz (pictured) and Glover Teixeira.

Whistle-stop tour

Unlike the previous visits from the UFC, this is a one-off show for UFC 267 rather than a series of events dubbed Fight Island. However, Abu Dhabi Showdown Week will still run in the lead up to the fight night and give fans a chance to meet UFC stars and watch them workout.

It sounds as though there might be new plans afoot for the partnership between Abu Dhabi and the UFC that runs until 2023 too. UFC president Dana White says “Abu Dhabi is incredible – I love that place and the people. I have been talking about all of the things we are working on. I plan on getting all the deals buttoned up this summer. I can’t wait to go back and share everything we are working on together.”

Best of all, the UFC 267 card is set to welcome back a full capacity crowd to the Etihad Arena on Yas Island.

HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director, Tourism and Marketing, at DCT Abu Dhabi said “Following the success of the previous Fight Island editions, the ultimate goal was always to bring back fans, and with hard work, collaboration and coordination across Abu Dhabi government entities, public and private sectors and our UFC partners, we will be able to achieve this once again, allowing fans to experience the thrill of live events once again in a safe and secure environment, which remains our utmost priority."

At the time of writing, ticket details are scarce but will be released in due course. In the meantime, here's a look at the proposed bouts that will take place on the 267 UFC fight card:

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship

Jan Błachowicz (c) vs. Glover Teixeira

UFC Bantamweight Championship

Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. Petr Yan

Rest of the undercard

Amanda Ribas vs. Virna Jandiroba

Li Jingliang vs. Khamzat Chimaev

Michał Oleksiejczuk vs. Shamil Gamzatov

Walt Harris vs. Tai Tuivasa

Islam Makhachev vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Allan Nascimento

Alexander Volkov vs. Marcin Tybura

Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Ricardo Ramos

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