UFC 294: UFC Returns to Abu Dhabi, MMA Fighters to Face off at Etihad Arena in October

Abu Dhabi is set to host fans from all over the world for UFC 294 in October after a successful 2022 season. The city already has a paramount reputation for attracting international stars from screen, sports and music. Abu Dhabi has emerged as a destination for unforgettable events and experiences.

With the UFC 294 fight card yet to be announced, it will be the 18th UFC event to be held in the UAE capital as part of a landmark partnership that was sealed in 2019. Dana White, UFC president, had said they are making a long-term commitment to Abu Dhabi because UFC has had great success in that market. “The demand from our fans to bring UFC back to Abu Dhabi has been overwhelming, and over the next five years, DCT Abu Dhabi will help us deliver some spectular UFC championship fights to the UAE.”

White highlighted that Abu Dhabi has been such an important part of the UFC’s overall business for years. “We have seen some incredible events during that time. We have some big plans in store for UFC 294, and I can’t wait for another insane night of fights in October.”

Saleh Al Geziry, Director General for Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi, promised a memorable UFC 294 event. “Abu Dhabi and UFC have a deep and trusted partnership dating back more than a decade. We understand the passion and desire of fans in the region for world-class events, and together we constantly strive to deliver fight cards that appeal to as wide an audience as possible. UFC 294 and the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Showdown will be memorable, and we look forward to announcing the fight card in the coming months.”

The 2022 bout saw a host of high-profile fights across various weight categories. Thousands of fans witnessed Islam Makhachev become the lightweight champion when he defeated Charles Oliveira. Over the years, Abu Dhabi’s UFC fights have also featured Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Khazmat Chimaev and Israel Adesanya, among others.