Abu Dhabi: When UFC 242 erupts at Yas Island on Saturday evening, it will herald an exciting new era in top-level sporting entertainment that the UAE is already well-known for around the world.
From the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to the Dubai Rugby Sevens, Race To Dubai golf event, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and — of course — the Dubai World Cup horse racing, the UAE hosts some of the most prestigious sporting events on the planet.
UFC 242: Khabib vs Poirier, one of the most-anticipated contests on the mixed martial arts scene, will further propel the country’s reputation for supporting and fostering myriad sports.
The event will mark the UFC’s third visit to Abu Dhabi, and first since Roy Nelson knocked-out the legendary Antonio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night in April 2014.
Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier will likely grab all the headlines tonight, but there is plenty of action on before those two hit the cage.
Nurmagomedov defends his lightweight title against Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi in what is his first fight since he choked out Conor McGregor last October.
While he was sitting on the sidelines, Poirier extended his winning streak by beating featherweight champion Max Holloway to win the ‘interim’ 155lb belt.
UFC 242 fight card in full
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier
Edson Barboza vs Paul Felder
Islam Makhachev vs Davi Ramos
Curtis Blaydes vs Shamil Abdurakhimov
Mairbek Taisumov vs Carlos Diego Ferreira
Ottman Azaitar vs Teemu Packalen
Liana Jojua vs Sarah Moras
Zubaira Tukhugov vs Lerone Murphy
Joanne Calderwood vs Andrea Lee
Early Preliminary Card
Belal Muhammad vs Takashi Sato
Nordine Taleb vs Muslim Salikhov
Omari Akhmedov vs Zak Cummings
Don Madge vs Fares Ziam
time will the fights start:
The first fight will get underway a little after 3pm UK time this afternoon.
The main card is scheduled to begin at 7pm with the main event between Nurmagomedov and Poirier kicking off at around 9pm BST.
TV channel are the fights on :
You can watch Khabib vs Poirier exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office on Saturday. For more information on how to buy the fight at a cost of £19.95, go to www.bt.com/btsportboxoffice