What to expect at the first-ever UFC Fight Night in Saudi Arabia

What will the UFC Saudi Arabia card look like?

The first-ever UFC action in Saudi Arabia is ticking along, and it is set to mark its inaugural event with a bang.

Initially scheduled for March 2, it was pushed to Saturday June 22 to ensure “the best calibre of talent will be available to participate”.

Moreover, it has recently been announced by the Saudi Press Agency that the UFC will make its long-awaited debut in Riyadh with an insane card, taking place in the Kingdom Arena.


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Here’s a closer look at what’s on tap this coming June.

The card’s main event will be a five-round bout at middleweight between former champion Robert Whittaker and Khamzat Chimaev. According to UFC CEO Dana White, the winner of the headline clash will qualify for the UFC middleweight championship, currently held by Dricus du Plessis.

UFC Robert Whittaker vs. Khamzat Chimaev

In addition to Whittaker-Chimaev as the main event, the first UFC Saudi show will feature several champions of various weights, including a top-10 heavyweight clash between Sergei Pavlovich and Alexander Volkov.

The card also features a welterweight battle between former UFC title challenger Kelvin Gastelum and Daniel Rodriguez, with both men hoping to get back into the winning column.

Dynamic Brazilian light heavyweight Johnny Walker returns to face former title challenger Volkan Oezdemir in what should be an explosive affair as both look to advance their own claims for a title shot.

UFC Shara Magomedov vs. Ihor Potieria

Last but not least, undefeated Shara Magomedov makes his sophomore Octagon appearance and will face Ihor Potieria.

UFC’s first trip to Saudi Arabia is sure to be an epic and historic occasion. However, tickets for the event have not yet been released on the WeBook platform, so stay tuned to What’s On Saudi Arabia for any updates.

UFC Fight Night, June 22, Kingdom Arena, Riyadh. @riyadhseason

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