The UFC returns to Abu Dhabi for one of its biggest matchups in Lightweight history for Khabib vs Poirer. Nearly a year after submitting Conor McGregor the undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov returns with the belt to defend against a rising superstar Dustin Poirier holding the interim title in Khabib’s absence. The red carpet will be rolled out for fighters and fans alike as Abu Dhabi’s grows their status as an leisure, entertainment and events capital in that part of the world. The week-long series of events and activations includes concerts (including Red Hot Chili Peppers) , pool and beach parties, retail promotions and F&B deals at beach clubs, nightclubs, hotels and malls – all leading up to the main UFC 242 event on September 7. Additional top mix martial artists on the 11 fight card includes: Edson Barboza, Paul Felder, Curtis Blaydes, Andrea Lee, Joanne Calderwood, and Belal Muhammad.