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UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi Finally Official; Will Be Held at ‘Ferrari World’ in Yas Island


(Ferrari World artist’s rendering courtesy of skyscrapercity.com)

After weeks of private negotiations and public vagueness, the UFC has finally confirmed that their April 10th show will indeed take place in Abu Dhabi, home of their new partners at Flash Entertainment. Though concerns about the venue delayed the event’s official announcement, an existing outdoor stadium was eventually selected over the gravel-pit setup that Marshall Zelaznik had been touting. From the press release on UFC.com:

UFC to make history in Abu Dhabi at UFC 112
FIRST EVER OPEN-AIR EVENT TAKES PLACE IN UAE APRIL 10
 
Abu Dhabi, UAE – The world’s greatest indoor sporting event goes outdoors on April 10 as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organisation lands in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for the first time.
 
Some of the world’s greatest mixed martial artists will appear on the historic open-air UFC 11 event at the Concert Arena, Ferrari World, Yas Island.*
 
Topped by a double main event, two UFC world titles will be on the line at UFC 112. First, UFC lightweight champion BJ ‘The Prodigy’ Penn puts his belt on the line against No.1 contender Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar and then UFC middleweight king Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva defends his crown against fellow Brazilian striker Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort…

UFC President Dana White said: “This is one of the biggest and most significant nights in the history of the UFC. UFC 112 is our first ever outdoor event and it is taking place in the hometown of our brand new partners, Flash Entertainment. We are very happy we could deliver what fans around the world will recognise as a stacked card featuring the sport’s biggest stars.”
 
Anderson Silva is back in the Octagon(TM), and back at 185lbs to defend his belt against maybe the one guy he may want to take the fight to the ground with. Vitor Belfort has recaptured the form which saw him rip through heavyweights and light heavyweights a decade ago, and Silva vs Belfort is one of those fights where, if there was a roof for this event, it would come off just before the start of the first round.”**
 
BJ Penn is another UFC champion who is looking unstoppable right now, but Frankie Edgar is improving so quickly and has such an attacking style that he may be the guy to end BJ’s reign.***
“Plus, Matt Hughes vs Renzo Gracie is a clash between two legends who each have a lot on the line in this fight. The winner adds another great name to his list of victims and gets right into the title hunt.”
 
John Lickrish****, Managing Director of Flash Entertainment, said: “UFC 112 is going to be incredible. Flash and the UFC have been working very hard to bring this event to fruition, and we’re delighted to now announce what will truly be a great night of sport in Abu Dhabi.
 
“Abu Dhabi has a long tradition of mixed martial arts, and hosting UFC 112 continues the country’s love and passion for the sport. We really can’t wait to welcome these elite athletes, and showcase a truly magnificent sport to the people of the region.”

* Scheduled to open sometime this year, Ferrari World is set to be the world’s largest indoor theme park, and will feature the world’s fastest roller-coaster. Though the park is still being completed, the concert arena has been in operation since last fall, and has hosted performances by Aerosmith, Beyoncé, and Kings of Leon. Yas Island is a half-hour drive from Abu Dhabi city.

** The original roof of the Ferrari World Concert Arena blew off in October ’09, when Beyoncé went from "Crazy in Love" directly into "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."

*** And if your aunt grew balls, she may be your uncle.

**** "Please direct all media inquiries to my assistant, David Twisler."

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SciaticNervePain- October 23, 2011 at 10:21 am
One thing that seems kinda ironic to me, is that tattoos are thought to be forbidden in Muslim nations, and people with tats are seen as cursed and unwanted…

Sciatic Nerve Pain
UFC fan- January 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm
Abu Dhabi and the UFC is the dumbest fucking thing Dana White and ZUFFA has done.
It is good they made money but to promote that shit is just lame.
Maybe now you can court fedor to play, but who cares.
Fuck abu Dhabi.
VadersAsthmaProblem- January 27, 2010 at 4:19 pm
Believe me, it's gonna be hot. Look up the term HUMIDEX and apply that to 110 degrees/88% humidity. Anyone who can survive past the second round deserves a 20K bonus just for that.

Whoever metnioned the time difference, good point! What are they gonna do as far as bringing it to the masses? I'm stumped as to which way they'll go, but I'm expecting them to choose the route that will most likely end up costing me money.
Catalyst8487- January 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm
Question - Will the ring girls have to wear those burka thingies since UAE is a mostly Islamic country?
T_Durden- January 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm
^ Shocking that the GSP fan would think that looks like a vagina. Cagepotato's "What Your Favorite Fighter Says About You" article a few months back explained it perfectly.
PurplePickle- January 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm
*** Hilarious

**** Also Hilarious
GSP for Prime Minister- January 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm
does anyone else think that Ferrari World looks like a vagina?
TJD- January 27, 2010 at 11:30 am
Would the UFC fight night at Marimar be considered an open air event? It was in an airport hangar with the hangar doors open.
Titos Head- January 27, 2010 at 11:07 am
Oh shit... I foresee BJ getting all pissed because of some extra grease/sweat combo thats more than likely gonna happen in this outdoor event. What about SAND? Have you seen the pics of the roof of this place? Covered in sand. Prob not the best idea when your in the ring with guys like BJ and Anderson...Just a thought.
ReX13- January 27, 2010 at 10:56 am
macreadysshack Says:
Wed, 01/27/2010 - 12:27

"Dubai is fucking bankrupt."

I think you may be confusing Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They aren't actually the same place, or the same economy. Actually, Abu Dhabi just recently extended a loan to Dubai. It was kinda a big deal in the world news.

Where is your god, now?





just some dong- January 27, 2010 at 10:56 am
Looks like something out of Command & Conquer. Something you need to bomb.
Fedor vs. Bas- January 27, 2010 at 10:51 am
My question is . . . if it is going to be outdoors in the UAE, won't the mat be really F*ing hot? Who would want to roll around on the mat after it has baked in the sun for a few hours and burns? Granted being burned on the mat is better than being knocked out by Anderson Silva, but isn't that a concern? Outdoor events work in boxing because they where shoes and don't go to the ground?

Still sounds cool. Just a thought.
T_Durden- January 27, 2010 at 10:44 am
+1 for Jose Monkey.

One thing that seems kinda ironic to me, is that tattoos are thought to be forbidden in Muslim nations, and people with tats are seen as cursed and unwanted... I guess they're not unwanted when they're making you a buck.
macreadysshack- January 27, 2010 at 10:27 am
Dubai is fucking bankrupt. Full of half finished ridiculous towers of Babel. This may be their last event there. EVER. If the economy doesn't smite them, the Christian God will. They have overreached human limitations.

Okay, I'm fucking babbling. I'm really truly about as bored as a person can be at work. And I drank too much coffee.

ENTERTAIN ME NOW, CP.
Dr. Toboggan- January 27, 2010 at 9:39 am
@ Smitty

1. It's directly quoted from a press release. They didn't write that, the UFC did, so if there were any misspellings, it wouldn't be on them to fix it.

2. Organisation and recognise are the the English spellings.

try: wiktionary.org/wiki/recognise
or: wiktionary.org/wiki/organisation

Since the event isn't being held on American soil, the US spelling is optional.

Possible repost since my first try got held up as spam.
superflat- January 27, 2010 at 9:34 am
Why do I feel like we're only a couple of years away from Rollerball.
Smitty- January 27, 2010 at 9:10 am
@ Bens
organi"s"ation and recogni"s"e

I thought you guys were profezzionals???? Who's editing this stuff???
ReX13- January 27, 2010 at 8:37 am
Also:

How will they handle PPV for this? That's something like a ten hour time diff, if i remember correctly. If we get this card for free on Spike i'll be stoked; it's pretty solid entertainment from top to bottom.
ReX13- January 27, 2010 at 8:33 am
You can see the biohazard symbol is already under construction if you look at Yas Island on Google Maps. Looks like there was a sandstorm or something going on when they imaged it, though--the colors are washed out.

April in UAE should be nice enough--in the 80's, usually. I vacationed just up the road in Dubai for a few days in 2008, and it was enjoyable enough. (Ok, not a vacation, a long layover. Whatever.)
shitbag- January 27, 2010 at 8:21 am
Isn't Yas those birth control pills?
iDestroy- January 27, 2010 at 8:19 am
@ clinch smash

Good, I'm tired of having to wait half way through the fight before they get good and hot and I'm able to see the sweat glistening on the toned beautiful bodies of these modern day gladiators.
VisitingDeadAncestors- January 27, 2010 at 8:13 am
^ looks like a future abandoned theme park...
JoseMonkey- January 27, 2010 at 8:09 am
@roms15

Yeah, they really ought to put captions on the photos so you can tell what . . . oh wait.
Clinch-Smash- January 27, 2010 at 8:07 am
It's going to be Fucking hot in UAE in April any time of the year for that matter.
agentsmith- January 27, 2010 at 8:07 am
Yas Island? Cue the "Yas Cartwheels"!
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