Dana White: Sandhagen vs. Nurmagomedov For UFC Abu Dhabi, Nick Diaz Also Returns

Dana White has announced the main event for UFC Abu Dhabi, featuring a bantamweight clash between the interim champion Cory Sandhagen and Umar Nurmagomedov.

The card will take place on August 3 from the Etihad Arena. Sandhagen has won his last three UFC fights since losing to Petr Yan at UFC 267 in 2021. His last fight was a win over Rob Font. Nurmagomedov is undefeated in the UFC. His last fight was a win against Bekzat Almakhan in March.

But the biggest surprise of the card was a return for Nick Diaz. Diaz will fight Vicente Luque in a five-round welterweight clash. Diaz has not fought since losing to Robbie Lawler at UFC 266 in 2021. Elsewhere, Tony Ferguson takes on Michael Chiesa. Meanwhile, Deiveson Figueiredo faces Marlon Vera. To round things off, Mackenzie Dern fights Loopy Godinez.


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