UFC 242 Khabib vs Poirier will take place in du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at 10:00 pm ET on September 7, 2019 . Here’s how to watch the event that’ll put two champion belts on the line, live online.
Far from just one night of high-profile MMA, UFC 242 marks the first step in a five-year plan to develop new fans and fighters across the Middle East .
All eyes will be on Yas Island on September 7 when UFC 242 arrives in Abu Dhabi with one of the sport’s most famous faces, Khabib Nurmagomedov, front and centre when he makes his return.
But far from just one night of high-profile MMA, it marks the first step in a five-year plan to develop new UFC fans and fighters across the Middle East with the UAE as its staging post.
“Why now? I mean, now is as any good a time as any. We probably should’ve done this a while ago,” said David Shaw, UFC’s senior vice president of international and content.
It’s part of a “truly genuine aspiration” to expand globally and Abu Dhabi, having hosted two successful events in 2010 and 2014 seemed a perfect place to invest in.