The Ultimate Fighting Championship made official Tuesday its first foray into the Middle East when it announced that UFC 112 will be held in an open air stadium in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Earlier this month, the UFC announced it had sold a 10-percent stake in the company to the Abu Dhabi-based Flash Entertainment.
UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta is currently in Abu Dhabi meeting with Flash officials.
The card, which will be held at the Concert Arena in Ferrari World on Yas Island, will feature two championship bouts. Anderson Silva will defend his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort and B.J. Penn will put his lightweight belt on the line against Frankie Edgar.
The UFC confirmed that veteran mixed martial artist Renzo Gracie will make his UFC debut on the card when he meets former welterweight champion Matt Hughes.
"This is one of the biggest and most significant nights in the history of the UFC," UFC president Dana White said. "UFC 112 is our first everRead More »from UFC makes Abu Dhabi event official