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Venue News: Bojangles’ Coliseum Is a Real Place, UFC’s Abu Dhabi Arena Isn’t…Yet


(Fried chicken, biscuits, and balloons. If you think the MGM Grand has anything better to offer, you are so very wrong.)

Now that the spring of 2010 is shaping up to be an avalanche of MMA events, we must now stop OMG-ing over the fight cards long enough to deal with practical concerns such as, where the hell are we going to have these things?  For UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31st, the answer is reportedly Bojangles’ Coliseum, which sounds like the punchline to a joke about crass commercialism, but is actually a real place in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

As anyone who has ever flown out of an airport in N.C. knows, Bojangles’ Famous Chicken and Biscuits is what you will inevitably smell as soon as the plane doors are sealed and you realize everyone but you had the foresight to bring some food on this flight.  It’s also the corporate sponsor of UFC Fight Night 21′s host venue, and we very much look forward to hearing Mike Goldberg’s attempt at shouting the name with all the forced enthusiasm he can muster.

As for UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi on April 10, that’s a trickier one.  You see, there’s going to be a venue for that fight, it just doesn’t, you know, exist yet.  As UFC U.K. president Marshall Zelaznik told Steve Cofield, the future site of UFC 112 is currently a gravel pit. 


Since the event is only a few months away, does that mean we should worry?  If this were anywhere else, maybe.  But Abu Dhabi?  They can throw a skyscraper up between now and then and still have time to put a driving range on the helipad. 

A 10,000-seat arena is no problem, especially since they won’t need to worry about a real roof.  Because it will be outdoors.  In the desert.  In April.  When the temperature gets up to the mid-nineties during the day.  If there was ever a time when you could get away with greasing by chalking it up to overzealous sunscreen use, this is it.  Something to think about, Frankie Edgar.

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bird-dog- January 22, 2010 at 7:37 am
lol @ rusty shower.... im just glad we're getting a show. i dont care if it was called the Summers Eve Convention Center
mybongsnameisgreenmeenie- January 22, 2010 at 7:32 am
@purplepickle

think thats what was wrong with brock? he ate this same mix in a near fatal amount?
BuckWild- January 22, 2010 at 6:02 am
Why is ever body worried about a venue? Look at Ringling Brothers! They drift into town and pitch a giant tent! Maybe that is what they will do.
AussieJosh- January 22, 2010 at 3:07 am
If Aboodarbie or how ever the fuck you spell it does not have there arena ready for UFC 112 we will have another one here In Australia! and we will sell it out in day one AGAIN!
ReDx- January 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm
Bojangles Coliseum is a dump, they need to demolish that place. Hardly anything is ever held there since Time Warner Cable Arena was built. Would be nice if they could hold the event there but the Bobcats play that night. Its also a lot closer to my apartment so I could just get wasted and walk home.
Perineum- January 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm
mm Bo-Berry Biscuit. Also, you must pronounce Bojangles with a spanish accent..."Bohongles". It is the Right Way.
PurplePickle- January 21, 2010 at 6:58 pm
Bojangle's fried chicken, dirty rice, and a bottle of Tobasco with your favorite beer is damn fucking good. Just avoid the fried biscuits with all of that or you will end up shitting like a rusty showerhead for half of the next day.

As for the Abu Dhabi arena, the UFC should take a page from the Bodog Costa Rica fights and fight outside in the afternoon sun so each fighter looks like shit midway through round one.
robthom- January 21, 2010 at 6:27 pm
After just reading about Jacksons latest driving malfunction, the first thing I thought when I saw the picture of that atrocious looking hummer parked all cockeyed on the sidewalk with the wrecked balloons behind it was "Damn! He's got a hummer too?!"
ghostboner- January 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm
@agentsmith - I debated whether to go with the mouse or the NGDB. I chose mouse obviously. Props for remembering that song though. On that note, does anyone remember those old Bo Jackson commercials where they used that song but changed it to Mr Bo Jackson, in worn out football shoes? Love Bo. Maybe they should get him to fight Herschel Walker. MMA? Bo knows that.
agentsmith- January 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm
@ ghostboner:

Nah, it's the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song.


Bojangles Chicken, huh? There's an obvious racial joke here, but I'm gonna let it slide.
rlh61- January 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm
@ghostboner

Fucking hilarious...'He's a circus mouse!'
Dr Garbo- January 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Possible Abu Dhabi Venues- Crazy Mohammed's House of Humus Coliseum- " Come for the food...stay for the sand"

Alah Al-Falim's Fantastic Falafel Emporium where- "the elite Sheik with sandaled feet come to eat"










HEY- January 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm
ligga ligga...
skeletor- January 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm
they should just make them fight on that tennis court with no sides in Abu Dahbi and hope for the best.
side.check.kick- January 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm
Oh its for real alright...
VadersAsthmaMeds- January 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm
That's hilarious. I can just see all the commentary about 'warriors coming to do battle', followed by the inclusion of the location BoJangles whateverthefuck. Hahahahahaha.

As for Abu Dhabi, I guarantee the name will Al-something. Having been there myslef, I can attest to the fact that every second building, road, club, event, and company is named Al-whatever.
roms15- January 21, 2010 at 2:43 pm
dana white and yall fellars who are fighting should come on down to my place, yall can fight there, from my apartment!
ghostboner- January 21, 2010 at 2:42 pm
They named a Coliseum after the mouse from the Green Mile.
danomite- January 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm
GOTTA WANNA NEEDA GETTA HAVVA BOJANGLES!

ALSO, that smell could be Smithfield's Chicken and BBQ, although that might be harder to eat on a plane.
superflat- January 21, 2010 at 2:29 pm
They should stage the fights in that Bojangles hummer. Although, then it might end up looking like an episode of Bang Bus.
DeadPull- January 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm
We're talking about Abu Dhabi.... if they want a venue, they'll have one.
Soda Popinski- January 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm
freaking BO-BERRY biscuit yall!!

boom!

look it up.
GetUpAndKill- January 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Last sentence FTW
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