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UFC Saudi Arabia Historic Card Taking Shape For March 2024

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As the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gears up for its first-ever event in Saudi Arabia, the Arab MMA community buzzes with anticipation. Scheduled for March 2 2024, the UFC Fight Night in Riyadh is not just a regular event—it marks the promotion’s debut in a country passionate about combat sports.

Confirmed Clashes of UFC Saudi Arabia

The UFC Saudi Arabia card is shaping up with some electrifying bouts, including the flyweight clash between the undefeated Muhammad Mokaev and Alex Perez. Mokaev, boasting an 11-0 MMA record and ranked No. 8 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie flyweight rankings, is on a mission to etch his name in history. His opponent, Alex Perez, ranked No. 15, is hungry to regain momentum after a series of canceled bouts since his title challenge at UFC 255.

Additionally, a thrilling encounter is being set up, with Jamie Pickett to be faced by Eryk Anders. These confirmed matches are just a glimpse of what is expected to be a full card of high-stakes battles.


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In a playful nod to the fans, the image below serves as a tantalizing hint of what may come. It’s no official announcement, but the whispers grow louder. Islam Makhachev, the UFC lightweight champion, has voiced his ambition to step into the Octagon thrice in the year 2024, expressing his readiness to battle it out before the commencement of Ramadan. Although this page may not be endowed with the official seal, it has been recognized among the inner circles for its uncanny ability to broadcast the moves of Khabib, Islam, and their compatriots ahead of the curve.

Spotlight on Middle Eastern Talent 

The spotlight is not just on the international fighters but also on the rich pool of Middle Eastern talent. Names like the skilled Abdulkareem Al Selwady, the dynamic Rami Hamed, and the tenacious Ali Al Qaisi are in discussions for the event. These fighters represent the spirit and skill of the region and are eager to showcase their prowess in the famed Octagon.

Al Selwady, a Fortis MMA fighter from Palestine, has already turned heads with his victory in the Dana White’s Contender Series. His dream of debuting in the UFC could very well be realized in this landmark event. Meanwhile, Lebanese-Russian fighter Rami Hamed, known for his powerful strikes and high finishing rate, is another talent ripe for the global stage. Finally, Jordan’s Ali Al Qaisi, a former UFC athlete with a string of victories and multiple world titles under his belt, is looking to make a triumphant return to the promotion.

A New Chapter in MMA

UFC Fight Night in Riyadh, which takes place at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is more than just a series of fights; it’s a pivotal moment in the sport’s expansion into new territories.

Stay tuned as more details unfold and the full card is announced, but one thing is certain: UFC Fight Night in Saudi Arabia will be a spectacle that fans won’t want to miss.


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