UFC 112 Official for Abu Dhabi, Will Take Place Outdoors

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UFC 112

Courtesy of Sherdog.com

UFC 112 is set for April 10 in Abu Dhabi, the promotion announced Tuesday.

The event will be held in the open-air Concert Arena at Ferrari World on Yas Island. In the headlining bouts, Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort, and B.J. Penn will defend his lightweight belt against Frankie Edgar.

A welterweight matchup between Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie is also on the card.

“This is one of the biggest and most significant nights in the history of the UFC,” UFC President Dana White said in a news release. “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 recognize as a stacked card featuring the sport’s biggest stars.”

Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, recently sold a 10-percent stake to Flash Entertainment. An event management company, Flash specializes in concerts, cultural and sport events and more.

“Abu Dhabi has a long tradition of mixed martial arts, and hosting UFC 112 continues the country’s love and passion for the sport,” said John Lickrish, Flash Entertainment’s managing director. “We really can’t wait to welcome these elite athletes, and showcase a truly magnificent sport to the people of the region.”

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