The UFC has officially announced that their upcoming event in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. will take place in a semi-enclosed outdoor arena. The venue has played host to major concerts in the past featuring acts like Aerosmith and Beyonce Knowles. The venue is part of Ferrari World [pictured left], the world's largest indoor theme park, which features a race track as well as the stadium in which UFC 112 will take place.
The event will feature two UFC world title fights, specifically middleweight champion Anderson Silva (25-4) vs. Vitor Belfort (19-8) and lightweight champion BJ Penn (15-5-1) vs. Frankie Edgar (11-1). Former, longtime welterweight champion Matt Hughes (43-7) will also appear on the card against Renzo Gracie (13-6-1) who considers Abu Dhabi a sort of second home.
The co-promoters of the show will be Flash Entertainment, the UFC's new business partners and %10 stake-holders in their parent company Zuffa. Flash is also a minority owner of Ferrari, which explains why they saw the need to build the world's only theme park based on that brand.
UFC 112 would already have been seen a major breakthrough for the UFC considering it is their first card in the Middle East, but this unique outdoor venue, which is said to hold upwards of 30,000 spectators, should make the night even more memorable for all the fighters involved.
Full rumoured card for UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi, April 10th:
- Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort (for Middleweight Title)
- B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar (for Lightweight Title)
- Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie
- Kendall Grove vs. Mark Munoz
- Rafael dos Anjos vs. Terry Etim
- DaMarques Johnson vs. TBA