UFC President Dana White announces an epic rematch and the highly anticipated return of a fan-favorite fighter. Get all the details on UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi on October 21st!
|UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi on October 21st
|Main event: Islam Macachev vs Charles Oliveira
|Hamzat Shamayev returns to face Paolo Costa
|Additional fights and Abu Dhabi Showdown Week
|Abu Dhabi: The perfect fight destination
What’s up everybody, UFC President Dana White here to announce some exciting news. We have finally secured the card that everyone has been eagerly waiting for. Get ready for UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, October 21st!
Main Event: Islam Macachev vs Charles Oliveira
The main event will feature a rematch for the lightweight title between Islam Macachev and Charles Oliveira. Macachev, who is currently on a 12-fight winning streak, will defend his title against the former champion Oliveira. Oliveira has had an impressive run, winning 12 of his last 13 fights, with notable victories over Justin Gaethje, Dustin Poirier, and Michael Chandler. However, his only loss in those 13 fights came against Macachev. Oliveira bounced back from that defeat with a first-round TKO of Benil Darius, solidifying his UFC record for the most finishes with 20.
Hamzat Shamayev’s Highly Anticipated Return
Another exciting matchup on the card is the return of Hamzat Shamayev, who will be facing Paolo Costa. Shamayev, with a perfect record of 12-0 and 11 finishes, made waves with his dominant first-round submission victory over Kevin Holland. Costa, known for his aggressive style, has an impressive 86 percent finish rate. It’s worth mentioning that these two fighters have a personal rivalry, adding an extra layer of intensity to the fight.
Additional Fights and Abu Dhabi Showdown Week
In addition to the main event and Shamayev’s return, there are other thrilling matchups lined up for UFC 294. Originally scheduled to face Ikram Alaskarov, Costa will now be taking on 12th-ranked Frank Nazarene Imov. This event also marks the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Showdown week, where UFC will host parties, meet and greets, and fan events leading up to the main event.
Abu Dhabi: The Perfect Fight Destination
I can’t stress enough how amazing Abu Dhabi is as a fight destination. The city offers the best restaurants, shopping, and unbelievable service. If you’ve never been, this is your chance to experience it all. Tickets for UFC 294 are on sale now, so make your plans and join us for an unforgettable night of fights in Abu Dhabi!