Etihad Airways' pilots with UFC’s champion belt during a flight. Supplied photo
Gulf Today Report
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE and official airline partner of UFC Fight Island held in Abu Dhabi, has released a short video to showcase its role in the success of Abu Dhabi’s first major sporting event since the outbreak of COVID-19.
UFC’s first appearance at Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi was watched by millions of viewers and captured the attention of UFC fans from all corners of the world.
In early July, Etihad flew in hundreds of UFC athletes and staff, including UFC President Dana White, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and fellow stars Amanda Ribas, Jéssica Andrade, José Aldo, Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas and Max Holloway jetting into the UAE capital from Las Vegas and Sao Paolo.
The airline proved its wellness credentials by safely transporting the UFC team to Abu Dhabi, with Etihad’s Wellness Ambassadors, an industry first, taking care of the UFC team on board.
'I'm at the top of the mountain and everyone's looking at me,' declared the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges' cards.
Mounir Lazzez defeated Abdul Razak Alhassan 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 via unanimous decision in their welterweight bout at the UFC Fight Night 172 on the Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Conor McGregor has promised to put on a ‘masterpiece’ when he makes his first UFC appearance in the Middle East, against Dustin Poirier at the Etihad Arena on Sunday morning. According to UFC, fan favourite McGregor faces Poirier in the headline
Fans of India and Pakistan called for "peace" and more cricket between the two Asian giants as Pakistan won he toss and chose to field in crunch clash against arch rivals India in Twenty20 World Cup Super 12 match on Sunday.
"It is the most sought after rivalry in cricket and I never miss these games," Himanshu Desai, who has flown in from Harrow in England to watch the game in person, told AFP.
"We have had good practice sessions and I am confident about our preparations. Pakistan's bowlers are known to trouble other teams but I am confident about our batting too."
A buoyant Scotland will begin their Super 12 campaign against a formidable Afghanistan in Sharjah on Monday. Scotland are brimming with confidence after advancing to the Round of Super 12 with two victories from three games in the first round.