UAE Warriors event in Abu Dhabi on Jan 15

UAE warriors event in Abu Dhabi to host fans who have taken Covid-19 Vaccine. Next week UAE Warriors 15, organised in partnership with Khabib Nurmagomedov, will be open to fans who have taken the Covid-19 vaccine.

The first organisation event of 2021 will take place on january 15 at the Jiu-jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi. It is a joint venture with Nurmagomedov’s Eagle Fighting Championship. It commemorates the UFC lightweight champion’s father and longtime coach, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who died in July.

Since the pandemic began, UAE Warriors 15 will be the first major sporting event in the capital to welcome spectators. Palms Sports, who produce UAE Warriors, say they are working closely with the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) to ensure the safe staging of the event.

UAE Warriors 15 is expected to comprise 15 bouts. Including Bruno Machado’s lightweight title defence against former UFC combatant Mickael Lebout, with Nurmagomedov providing as many as 9 fighters from his stable. 

That’s the beauty of this,” said Fouad Darwish, general manager of Palms Sports. “It’s going to be a very special event. As always, UAE Warriors and Palms Sports like to be pioneers in everything that we do.

It’s going to be the very first association with another entity. Where we’re working with the Eagle Fighting Championship, while this is also very important event because it’s in commemoration of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. We’re hosting it in his honour.”

Nurmagomedov’s coach, Javier Mendez, will be present, making it the fourth of the promotion’s shows he will have seen live.
“The UAE Warriors events rank as high as they can rank as far as production and how they organise and how they run their shows. They’re just as good as the best. As far as the production quality of the fights and the match-ups, the coordination of what they do is top-notch.” Mendez said.

“They have a great organisation; Fouad is an incredible promoter and Abdulmunam Al Hashemi is an incredible boss, who allows him the leeway to do what he does.

“Khabib has come on board speaks to huge amount of respect for Fouad and what they do at Palms Sports. It speaks volumes.”

On Nurmagomedov’s move into promotion, Mendez said: “It’s everything for Khabib to fulfill his father’s legacy. And the best way to do that is to have his memory live on through these types of ventures. It also brings me great joy to see he’s doing this.

“He’s driven to make a success of this. The drive to make it successful is very high, and it’s because of his fathers name.

Written by Martha Paul


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