DFW: Abu Dhabi new fight capital of the world

UFC president Dana White spoke recently John McAuley for thenational.ae and made a bold, obvious claim.

“The shows that we bring here, this is the only international destination for fights,” said White. “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.”

“We're talking about Israel Adesanya versus Paulo Costa, that fight happening. Weili Zhang versus Rose Namajunas is a possibility. All the massive, big fights with literally the champion versus the No 1 contender are all looking like Fight Island Abu Dhabi.”

“[Khabib Nurmagomedov] is undefeated; he's achieved everything; he has tons of money. But that's always a factor in this business. Conor McGregor, look at what he's accomplished. Look at what a huge superstar he is. These guys retire, it happens and it's never something that I worry about. It's just part of the business.

“There will never be another Khabib like Khabib, there will never be another Conor like Conor. But there will be other stars and it's kind of the fun part of this journey. ... Who would have thought that this massive superstar would come out of Ireland? Who would have thought that we would have had this Muslim champion who's undefeated, that would become so beloved by Muslims all over the world?

“And the list goes on and on of these type of people that we've had. GSP up in Canada. When he ruled the world and we'd go up to Canada, it would be so much fun. It's part of the journey of this business and it's what makes it so fun.”

“I've always been waiting in my career for that destination fight. And when I say that, like when we opened up Toronto for the first time, it was such a big deal. And it was a massive event. Our first event at Madison Square Garden; my first fight in London was at Royal Albert Hall. So I did all the venue type fights, the big venues, our first time in there breaking records.

“[Fight Island] was our Thrilla in Manila, Rumble in the Jungle. Where the place was as big or bigger of a star as everybody that was fighting on the card. So we made history here.

“That Octagon on the beach should sit there forever; that should be something that fight fans come and see forever. We're talking about doing International Fight Week here now on Fight Island and having all these different events here the week of the fight. And we're thinking about all these different things now that we can do, that would be a yearly event.

“I know for a fact that I've never done anything harder than this. I don't know if there'll ever be anything that we've accomplished in almost 20 years of doing this that was bigger than what we've done here.”

But but but, Dana could not get Fedor to fight in the UFC.

Oh well!

Dana making good on his deal with UAE.

colubrid1 - But but but, Dana could not get Fedor to fight in the UFC.

Oh well!

You didn't hear? It was all Fedor's fault!

Congrats to Dana for getting this off the ground. Had to be every but as hard and complex as he's saying.

Ministry of Truth - 
colubrid1 - But but but, Dana could not get Fedor to fight in the UFC.

Oh well!

You didn't hear? It was all Fedor's fault!


Fedor stopped Dana where Covid-19 could not.

Imagine the hospitality you receive if you're dana white spending 3 weeks in abu Dhabi 

 

 

fuuuck

As Khabib would say, 'This is Number One Bullshit.' Dana White is pumping Abu Dhabi now only because HE CAN'T STAGE A FIGHT ANYWHERE ELSE! HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO GO ABU DHABI!!

I get that he's trying so hard to put out fights. I get that it must be crazy difficult to manage all the logistics amidst COVID19. I just don't get why he tries soooo hard to get people to give him credit. It's your job buddy, and you get paid massive amounts to do it. I paid $65 last week to watch Kamara Usman handle business. I don't think I also need to throw rose petals at Dana White's feet because it got done.

This constant omi gawd this is so hard is getting tiresome. Do you wanna be a fucking promoter??

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Ministry of Truth -

Dana making good on his deal with UAE.

What was the deal?

0hi0direct -

Imagine the hospitality you receive if you're dana white spending 3 weeks in abu Dhabi 


 


 


fuuuck

Each day, room service makes sure he has a new girl for #1, and one girl for #2.  The toilet in his room will remain untouched for the duration of his stay.