The UFC returns to “Fight Island” later this month with a stacked card.
Highlighted by a championship doubleheader and a number of the hottest stars within the area, followers will get the possibility to attend one of many greatest occasions of the 12 months.
In the principle occasion, Jan Blachowicz (28-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) will put his gentle heavyweight title on the road towards resurging contender Glover Teixeira (32-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC). The co-feature is an interim bantamweight title struggle between former champion Petr Yan (15-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Cory Sandhagen (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC).
Islam Makhachev (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will look to interrupt into title rivalry when he takes on short-notice alternative Dan Hooker (21-10 MMA, 11-6 UFC), who has received followers over along with his sport demeanor. UFC 267 additionally marks the return of Khamzat Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who takes on his sternest take a look at so far in China’s Li Jingliang (17-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC).
UFC 267 takes place Oct. 30 at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The major card is predicted to air on ABC after prelims on ESPN networks.
MMA Junkie caught up with Fatima Saeed Al Baloushi, Deputy Director of the Abu Dhabi Events Bureau, to fill followers in on what they’ll anticipate throughout struggle week, in addition to the necessities wanted to attend the occasion.
Check out the Q&A with Al Baloushi under:
“Escape and Evolve gives a sequence of MMA-based workshops – hybrid coaching, putting, and fight conditioning – with UFC skills comparable to Mounir ‘The Sniper’ Lazzez, the UAE-based Tunisian combined martial artist who competes within the UFC welterweight division, and famend UFC coach Firas Zahabi. The coaching periods will likely be complemented by Q&A periods with the stars.
“As previous of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week activations, followers may have the possibility to expertise ‘Smash Room’ to shatter, break, stomp, tear, inform launch all stress in a enjoyable method. UFC fighters and athletes may also expertise the unique vary of actions and simple adrenaline at Smash Room.
“Abu Dhabi, known as the ultimate dining and nightlife destination with unique bars and restaurants will have an exciting line-up of events taking place throughout ADSW. Between world-class DJs and live entertainment hosted as popular restaurants, bars and hotels across the capital, the city is all prepped to take Abu Dhabi Showdown Week to the next level.”
“Moreover, UAE Warriors, the UAE-born MMA promotion, is hosting two events on Oct. 28 and 29 at Abu Dhabi’s Jiu-Jitsu Arena, part of the thrilling week.”
For UAE Warriors 24 on Oct. 29, which is headlined by a bantamweight title struggle between champion Vinicius de Oliveira and ex-UFC fighter Ray Borg, Dana White is predicted to be in attendance to tape a “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” episode.
A welterweight matchup between Dana White’s Contender Series alum Ramazan Kurmagomedov and EFC champion Themba Gorimbo can also be scheduled on the cardboard.
“Abu Dhabi Showdown Week will feature city-wide activations including fan events, such as an open workout, press conference and weigh-in events, fitness showcases and more, concluding with the headline UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira at Etihad Arena on October 30.”
“UFC 267 ticket holders can also register for access to a range of activities during Abu Dhabi Showdown Week, including the UFC 267 press conference at Etihad Arena on Thursday Oct. 28, the official UFC 267 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on Friday Oct. 29, and the headline event UFC 267 on Oct. 30.”
“We have labored intently with native authorities, Abu Dhabi Government departments and our UFC companions to make sure as many followers as attainable can attend the assorted activations in the course of the week and the headline UFC 267 occasion on October 30.
“Etihad Arena has been configured in adherence to the newest tips by the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) to make sure a protected and profitable occasion, together with the required social distancing between seats, obligatory sporting of masks always within the venue, sanitization stations across the venue and contactless cost options.
“In coordination with all Abu Dhabi Government entities and key stakeholders we’ve personalized a protected and safe spectator journey. All ticket holders aged 16 and above have to be totally vaccinated and present proof of vaccination on their Alhosn smartphone app and a unfavorable PCR take a look at consequence taken not more than 48 hours beforehand. Spectators aged 12 to fifteen should present a unfavorable PCR take a look at consequence performed not more than 48 hours earlier than the occasion time.
Vaccinated worldwide vacationers may also have the chance to attend the occasions with out the have to quarantine. International vacationers should comply with easy steps to validate their vaccination playing cards and get the Green Pass on the Alhosn app.
“Our proven health and safety protocols will be complemented by the modern technology at Etihad Arena, which allows fans to order food and beverages directly to their seats to minimize foot traffic and ensure the health and safety of all inside the venue.”