MMAWeekly.com is reporting from reliable sources that the Ultimate Fighting Championship has scheduled a return trip to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
According to MMAWeekly’s sources, the UFC will be returning to the Middle East on March 19th for UFC 128. The tentative plan for the event seems to be to return to the Concert Arena in the Ferrari World Arena on Yas Island.
UFC 128 will mark the first time that the UFC has gone back to the Middle East since holding UFC 112 this past April 10th at the Concert Arena on Yas Island. The event, which was held following the purchase of ten percent stake in Zuffa, LLC., was largely a disappointment and caused the visible perturbation of UFC President Dana White. Following a lackluster title fight between BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar was the bizarre and now infamous title defense made by Anderson Silva against Demian Maia. White and company will certainly be looking to leave the Middle Eastern audience and investors with a better taste in their mouths this second go around.
In order to do that the UFC are looking to put the impending title fight between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and challenger Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 128. This obviously depends on the progress of Rua’s recovery from knee surgery, but the bout is apparently tentatively being booked as the main attraction.