The middleweight title is on the line in UFC 253 Fight Island’s main event as undefeated, undisputed reigning champion Israel Adesanya puts the belt on the line against unbeaten Brazilian contender Paulo Costa in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Courtesy: UFC Twitter
It promises to be a stellar series that only elevates Abu Dhabi’s standing as the ideal destination for world-class sports events.
Jack Hermansson also stunned Kelvin Gastelum with a first-round submission by heel hook in the penultimate bout of the third UFC show in eight days from Fight Island, the UFC's base of operations on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
At a time when the coronavirus outbreak has decimated the world’s sporting calendar and affected some of 2020’s biggest events, the historic success of UFC 251 at Fight Island in Yas Island has further strengthened Abu Dhabi’s position on the global sports map.
Robert Whittaker and Darren Till are set for their key Fight Island matchup at Fight Island on Sunday in Abu Dhabi. The middleweight contenders had no issues with the scale at Friday morning’s weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 3, with both coming in at 186 pounds.
The AJP Tour Fujairah International Pro Championship came to a stunning conclusion on Sunday with the UAE taking home the most medals courtesy of excellent performances across the Amateur and Professional divisions.
The 40-year-old winner of 20 Grand Slam titles has been out of action since a quarter-final loss at the tournament in 2021 before undergoing another bout of knee surgery.
From 2023 onwards, Dubai will be seen hosting the prestigious Badminton Asia Championships. This latest development came to light after Badminton Asia inked a five-year deal with Dubai-based leading sports management and consulting company Beyond Boundaries.