UFC Abu Dhabi Roster Revealed with Several New Bouts Filling Up 10-Bout Card

February 25, 2014
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Fabricio-Werdum-Roy-Nelson-8407-UFC-143The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday revealed several new bouts, filling up the fight card for its April 11 return to Abu Dhabi.

The UFC Fight Night event was already slated to feature a five-round main event between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Roy Nelson, as well as bouts that include Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri and Ranhi Yahya vs. Johnny Bedford.

UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson marks the promotion’s return to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It takes place at du Arena on April 11.

Other bouts revealed on Tuesday include Polish heavyweight Daniel Omielanczuk (16-3-1, 1NC) vs. Jared Rosholt (9-1), with both men coming off big wins in their UFC debuts and looking to make it two in a row.

Andrew Craig (9-2) faces Chris Camozzi (19-7) in a middleweight bout, while Turkey’s Alptekin Ozkilic (9-2) goes head-to-head with American Dustin Ortiz (12-3) in a flyweight battle.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem (9-4) will face the undefeated Beneil Dariush (7-0) in a clash of rising lightweights.

Ryan LaFlare (10-0) puts his undefeated record on the line when he faces John Howard (22-8) in a welterweight bout. Jim Alers (12-1) will face Iraqi fighter Alan Omer (18-3) in a featherweight bout with both men making their UFC debuts.

The final fight on the card will see accomplished wrestler Trevor Smith (11-4) against former title challenger Thales Leites (22-4) in a battle of gritty middleweights both coming off wins and trying to continue to build momentum.

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  • shakejunt

    card shaped up pretty nice for starting off as a complete question mark. couple good signings like alers.

  • David Ray Hinchman

    Yeahhhh Big country Roy Nelson….I hope he wins…

  • Texas Beast

    WTF is an out of shape Nelson still being placed on main cards? Once the first minute is over, he can’t do anything. Look at his fights against, Cormier/Stipe/Mir/Werdum. If he can’t land that one punch, he can’t do shit. Do not reward this guy with a main event. Which sucks, by the way, fans would rather see Ellenberger vs Lombard.

  • Stefano ‘Zwonimir’ Sega Nogaro

    Alers is a great sign … as I expected they put some fighters having some connection with Middle East despite they live thousands kms far from the Gulf

  • g-wilacuz

    I see this fight is also on ufc fight pass, therefore I will not be watching it. ill be tuning into bellator. uncle dana already gets 45 bucks a month from me on ppv, and I refuse to pay another 10 bucks a month on fight pass. I remember when the ufc 1st signed a deal with fox and dana said eventually their would be no more ppv and all fights would be on free tv to be a more mainstream sport. well not only are we still buying ppv but they raised the price on the new years eve card and now 10 bucks a month for ufc fight pass. sounds a lot like George bush and his no more taxes speech. ufc fight pass has made me appreciate companys like bellator and wsof a lot more.