The UFC’s return to Abu Dhabi in March seems all but a lock. This according to UFC president Dana White who talked about the event during the UFC 123 weekend.
MMAWeekly.com first broke the news that the UFC was planning a return trip to Abu Dhabi on March 19, with the targeted main event pitting light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against Rashad Evans.
While there are still certain things that have to be worked out, the UFC president seems confident that the Abu Dhabi event will happen in March.
“It’s gonna happen,” White said about the show. “It’s gonna happen, nothing’s done yet, but I’m feeling very confident it’s going to happen.”
Abu Dhabi last hosted a show in April 2010 with Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia and B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar leading the charge for the top fights on the card.
The proposed event doesn’t currently have a home as the Concert Arena where UFC 112 has been deconstructed at Ferrari World on Yas Island, but the government in Abu Dhabi finished building the arena specifically for the UFC’s debut show so there’s no doubt a repeat could happen for an event in March 2011.
The UFC hasn’t officially announced their intentions for March 19, but fights could be added soon as the promotion has already started to fill all of the shows slated for February.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information on the proposed March 19 show in Abu Dhabi when it becomes available.