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Fans Invited to UFC Abu Dhabi’s Open Workouts With Nelson and Nogueira


The Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to the Middle East with UFC Abu Dhabi (UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira Vs Nelson). The event takes place April 11 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and ArabsMMA crew will be around to cover the event for the first time!

There’s a full slate of pre-fight events this week, and fans are invited to many of the usual activities. Fans in Abu Dhabi can attend all of the activities for free.

Tuesday 8th features open workouts/media scrum with headliners Nelson and Nogueira, along with the following fighters :

  • Clay Guida – UFC featherweight
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri – UFC featherweight
  • John Howard – UFC welterweight
  • Ryan LaFlare – UFC welterweight
  • Ramsey Nijem – UFC lightweight
  • Beneil Dariush – UFC lightweight

The event is free and open to the public and takes place at the Cornish, East Plaza, Gate 6

The workouts begin/end at 16:00 – 18:00 UAE local time:

18:00 – 18:15: Face-offs

18:15 – 19:00: Media scrums with fighters

19:00 – 20:00: Fan Q&A with UFC guest fighters: Alexander Gustafsson, Stefan Struve and Luke Barnatt

Thursday’s weigh-ins take place at Cornish East Plaza, Gate 6 Abu Dhabi at 16:00 local time. Doors open to the public three hours earlier:

13:00: Doors open to media and public

13:00 – 14:15: Autograph session with Alexander Gustafsson, Stephan Struve, Luke Barnatt and Urijah Faber

14:30 – 15:30: Q&A with Alexander Gustafsson, Stephan Struve, Luke Barnatt and Urijah Faber


The full UFC Fight Night 39 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 2 p.m. ET)

  • Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
  • Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
  • John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Ramsey Nijem

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:30 a.m. ET)

  • Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Jared Rosholt
  • Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya
  • Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Andrew Craig
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Alptekin Ozkilic
  • Jim Alers vs. Alan Omer

For more on UFC Fight Night Abu Dhabi pre-fight events, fight night, and post-fight events, stay tuned to

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