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UFC will head back to Abu Dhabi for five-event run, including Khabib vs. Gaethje at UFC 254 (VIDEO)

Reviews Stateside have verified that the UFC is set to return to Abu Dhabi for a 5-function run at “UFC Fight Island” on Yas Island, with TWO pay-per-see displays set for action at the location.

ESPN verified that the UFC will run 5-activities for the duration of their next stint on Yas Island, which has been reworked into an special UFC “Fight Island” facility to host fighters, teams, broadcast workers and UFC crew in a biosecure bubble through the conclude of September right until the conclude of Oct.

The 5-function run will kick off with UFC 253, which can take put on September 26, with a few UFC Fight Evening activities set to comply with on each and every of the pursuing Saturdays.

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The 5-7 days, 5-function run will conclude on Saturday Oct 24 with UFC 254 as undefeated, undisputed UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov can take on interim champion Justin Gaethje in a title unification battle.

The battle card will also aspect Khabib’s teammate and instruction lover Islam Makhachev, who will experience off in opposition to previous light-weight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Also set for action is Khabib’s cousin, undefeated bantamweight prospect Umar Nurmagomedov, who will make his UFC debut in opposition to in-kind Kazakhstani fighter Sergey Morozov.

UFC 253 will aspect a battle for the UFC middleweight title, as Nigerian-born Kiwi Israel Adesanya puts his 185-pound title on the line in opposition to hulking Brazilian powerhouse Paulo “Borrachinha” Costa in a battle amongst two undefeated middleweights with a heated rivalry amongst them.

The function will also aspect a battle for the vacant UFC gentle heavyweight title as Poland’s Jan Blachowicz can take on Dominick Reyes for the belt vacated by Jon Jones, who has moved up to heavyweight.

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The pursuing weekend will see some of the UFC’s feminine stars consider heart phase, with previous UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm set to experience Irene Aldana, while previous featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie faces off in opposition to the returning Julianna Pena.

Oct 10 will aspect a pivotal bantamweight battle, as Brazilian contender Marlon Moraes can take on American contender Cory Sandhagen, while previous light-weight contender Edson Barboza appears to force his way towards title competition at featherweight with victory in excess of gifted rising prospect Sodiq Yusuff.

Oct 17 characteristics a clash amongst two of the ideal featherweights in the planet, as previous title challengers Brian Ortega and “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung go toe to toe in the key function. Also set for action are flyweight contenders Katlyn Chookagian and Jessica Andrade, who experience off in a battle that could force the winner towards another title shot.

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