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BREAKING UFC NEWS: Dana White announces Nick Diaz, Tony Ferguson return fights in Abu Dhabi

In a surprise move, UFC CEO Dana White dropped some major bombshells today, revealing the comeback bouts for two seasoned MMA fighters set to shake the octagon on Aug. 3 at UFC on ABC 7, all the way from the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The big headline? Nick Diaz, a living legend in the world of mixed martial arts, is gearing up for a long-awaited return to the UFC, and boy, are fight fans buzzing with excitement! Click here for the latest UFC fight odds.

 

Dana White announces Nick Diaz, Tony Ferguson return fights in Abu Dhabi
Nick Diaz is back in the octagon after a long hiatus to fight in Abu Dhabi.

Dana White announces Nick Diaz, Tony Ferguson return fights in Abu Dhabi

Diaz is slated to lock horns with the formidable Vicente Luque in a five-round welterweight showdown. But that’s not all the action fans can look forward to; the UFC matchmakers have another treat in store. Tony Ferguson is all set to square off against Michael Chiesa on the main card, with both fighters geared up for a thrilling welterweight clash.

 

Nick Diaz Back in the Octagon!

Now, let’s talk Diaz. The man needs no introduction, a household name in the MMA realm. But here’s the kicker: he hasn’t set foot in the octagon since September 2021, when he faced a tough TKO loss against Robbie Lawler. And get this—prior to that matchup, Diaz had been on a six-year hiatus from the sport! But age is just a number, right? At 40 years old, Diaz is ready to make his comeback, and boy, are fans eager to see him in action again.

But it won’t be a walk in the park for Diaz. He’s up against the seasoned Vicente Luque, who, at 32, has been making waves in the welterweight division. Despite a few recent setbacks, Luque remains a force to be reckoned with, boasting an impressive track record in the UFC.

 

Ferguson Seeks Redemption Against Chiesa

And let’s not forget about Ferguson. Like Diaz, he’s no stranger to the octagon, but he’s had a rough patch lately, with seven consecutive losses under his belt. But the man’s not throwing in the towel just yet. He’s eyeing a redemption arc, and his upcoming bout against Chiesa could be his ticket to glory. Though White hasn’t labeled it as such, speculation is rife that this might be Ferguson’s swan song—a retirement bout that could mark the end of an era.

 

Stacked Card Guaranteed to Entertain

But wait, there’s more! The UFC is pulling out all the stops with a stacked card featuring some top-tier matchups. A women’s strawweight battle between Mackenzie Dern and Loopy Godinez promises to be a nail-biter, while a bantamweight showdown between Cory Sandhagen and Umar Nurmagomedov, cousin of the legendary Khabib Nurmagomedov, is set to headline the event.

And let’s not forget about the other matchups on the card—Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Marlon Vera, Mackenzie Dern vs. Loopy Godínez, and Alonzo Menifield vs. Azamat Murzakanov—each promising its own share of adrenaline-pumping action.

 

Flashback to Fight Island: The Venue

The location for this epic fight night is none other than the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, the same venue that played host to the unforgettable Fight Island during the 2020 pandemic. So mark your calendars, folks, because UFC on ABC 7 is shaping up to be one heck of a showdown. With legends making comebacks, rising stars ready to shine, and everything in between, this is one event you won’t want to miss! And for all you UFC betting enthusiasts out there, keep your eyes peeled for those odds—they’re bound to be as unpredictable as the fights themselves!

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