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UFC boss Dana White announces new fight capital of the world

"It used to be Las Vegas. It definitely isn’t Las Vegas right now..."

For decades Las Vegas, Nevada has been the unofficial fight capital of the world. The city has hosted many of the biggest combat sports events of all time, in recently years records were broken with the boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The tour for that bout spanned the globe, but culminated in Las Vegas, somewhat unsurprisingly. However if you as UFC Dana White, Las Vegas is the old fight capital – Abu Dhabi is the new.

“The shows that we bring here, this is the only international destination for fights,” White told The National. “So all the biggest and the baddest fights coming up that we have are going to be here. If you look at our roster of champions, they’re from all over the world. So the biggest, baddest fights over the next God knows how long are going to be here in Abu Dhabi. That’s why I’m saying Abu Dhabi is going to be looked at as the new fight capital of the world. It used to be Las Vegas. It definitely isn’t Las Vegas right now.”


The UFC will return to Fight Island for a middleweight title bout between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa. However it wont stop there, in fact, there will be several title bouts to look forward to. White opened up for three big title bouts taking place at Fight Island in the near future.

“Khabib will be the next. We’re talking about [middleweight champion] Israel Adesanya versus Paulo Costa, that fight happening. [Women’s strawweight champion] Weili Zhang versus Rose Namajunas is a possibility,” he said. “All the massive, big fights with literally the champion versus the No 1 contender are all looking like Fight Island Abu Dhabi.”

How long will Dana White and the MMA community call Abu Dhabi fight capital of the world?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com

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