The UFC is set to return to Abu Dhabi this April when Heavyweights Minotauro Nogueira and Roy Nelson clash at UFC Fight Night 39. This will be the UFC’s first trip back to Abu Dhabi since UFC 112 back in 2010. That night, Anderson Silva defended his UFC Middleweight title against Demian Maia in a horrible fight that garnered a lot of flak for the Middleweight champion.
The UFC has also reportedly partnered with Flash Entertainment on a deal that includes a ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality show, and at least five events in the Middle East over the next two years. The first of these events will be UFC Fight Night 39, exclusively on Fight Pass. The event will be held in the same arena that was made specifically for UFC 112 on Yas Island.
Nogueira (34-8-1, 5-4 UFC) is one of the most legendary fighters in the history of MMA and Jiu-Jitsu. The Pride and UFC veteran has held both the UFC and Pride Heavyweight belts and has numerous BJJ accolades. In his last six bouts, Nogueira has gone 3-3 exchanging wins and losses. There is no doubt that he is downward trend in his career, but he would certainly like one more big win before hanging his gloves up.
When Roy Nelson is not applying for the NSAC executive director position, he moonlights on the side as a fighter. Okay, in reality, Roy Nelson (19-9, 6-5 UFC) is a great UFC Heavyweight with fantastic BJJ credentials and enough power to knock out a rhino. Unfortunately for Roy, he has been on the wrong side of two one-sided beat downs in a row at the hands of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. Nelson will look to get back on the winning track against Big Nog in April.