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UFC CEO Dana White announces first main event for Saudi Arabia

UFC’s first visit to Saudi Arabia set to be an epic and historic affair with legendary matchups

By Web Desk
March 28, 2024
UFC to organise main event for Saudi Arabia on June 22. 

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) CEO Dana White has announced the company's first main event in Saudi Arabia is coming this summer which will air live for free on ABC in the United States.

White, 54, made the announcement on X, formerly known as Twitter, in a video in which he announced four more fights booked for UFC Saudi Arabia along with the main event on June 22, UFC reported.

He revealed that the UFC's first fight "in the kingdom" will pit former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker against the undefeated rising superstar Khamzat Chimaev.

Dana White bringing UFC to Saudi Arabia. — X/@danawhite

The fight figures to play a major role in the middleweight title picture with newly minted Dricus Du Plessis on top of the heap.

Additionally, White announced a Sergei Pavlovich vs Alexander Volkov matchup for the co-main event as Volkov holds a 3-fight winning streak as he hopes to finally climb into title contention with an emphatic win this summer.

Furthermore, based on White's announcement, fans can look forward to witness welterweights Kelvin Gastelum and Daniel Rodriguez face each other in a fierce battle to return to the winning column.

Meanhwile, Brazilian light heavyweight Johnny Walker returns to face former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir in a thrilling fight.

White also announced that the undefeated Shara Magomedov will be making his sophomore Octagon appearance this summer as he faces Ihor Potieria, making UFC’s first visit to Saudi Arabia an epic and historic occasion.