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The National

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Past articles by John:

Khabib Nurmagomedov refuses to give any attention to Conor McGregor – 'even if they give me $5 billion'

Long-time UFC rivals met in record-breaking clash in Las Vegas two years ago, with the Dagestan native emerging victorious → Read More

UFC Fight Night: Brian Ortega and Jung Chan-sung arrive in Abu Dhabi for long-awaited clash – in pictures

No 2 featherweight contender meets fourth-ranked challenger in the main event bout at Flash Forum on Sunday → Read More

Manny Pacquiao partners with Paradigm Sports Management: 'Big things coming! Stay tuned!'

Agency also manages MMA superstar Conor McGregor, with talks reportedly ongoing over a crossover fight between the pair → Read More

Charley Hull, Lydia Ko, Georgia Hall and Minjee Lee in the spotlight at Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic in November

56 players will compete for $285,000 prize fund at Emirates Golf Club → Read More

UFC: Kamaru Usman v Gilbert Burns called off for a second time

Welterweight rivals were originally scheduled for a title bout at the first Fight Island in Abu Dhabi before the Brazilian withdrew with coronavirus → Read More

UFC Fight Night: Holly Holm dominates to land unanimous decision against Irene Aldana in Abu Dhabi

American No 2-ranked contender a class above Mexican rival → Read More

UFC 254: Justin Gaethje ready for 'biggest fight of my life' when he takes on Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi

American takes on the undefeated Russian champion on Yas Island on October 24 → Read More

UFC Fight Night: Holly Holm hopes victory in Abu Dhabi will propel her towards another championship shot

American aims to impress against Irene Aldana at Flash Forum → Read More

FA announce delayed UAE football season to begin on October 8

The campaign, postponed last month the day prior to its start, will begin with the Arabian Gulf Cup → Read More

Paulo Costa demands rematch with 'human trash' Israel Adesanya after UFC 253 defeat

Middleweight champion inflicted a first professional defeat on the Brazilian in Abu Dhabi → Read More

'There’s a lot left to do': Israel Adesanya ready for next challenge after UFC 253 triumph

Nigerian-born fighter 'dismantles' Paulo Costa to retain middleweight title in Abu Dhabi → Read More

UFC 253: Israel Adesanya stops Paulo Costa to retain middleweight title

Unbeaten champion proves his class with second round stoppage of Brazilian → Read More

Khabib Nurmagomedov watches UAE Warriors in Dubai

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov watched on Friday night as the UAE Warriors made its Dubai debut – with Chi Lewis-Parry defending comfortably his heavyweight title in the main event. Nurmagomedov, in the emirate to prepare for his long-awaited comeback at UFC 254 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, was at Rotunda Caesars Palace alongside teammates and longtime coach Javier Mendez. The… → Read More

UFC 253: Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa's verbal sparring promises fireworks in the octagon in Abu Dhabi

The two undefeated fighters meet for Adesanya's middleweight belt when they headline Sunday's first installment of 'Return to Fight Island' → Read More

UFC 253: Paulo Costa surprised by 'gentleman' Israel Adesanya ahead of blockbuster battle

Paulo Costa says he was surprised by Israel Adesanya’s demeanour during their hotel run-in earlier this week, as he vowed not to let the champion dictate their headline title fight at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi. The two undefeated fighters square off in a blockbuster bout in the capital on Sunday, which concludes the first of five events at Fight Island 2 on Yas Island. It marks only the second time… → Read More

Israel Adesanya exclusive: Paulo Costa and UFC 253 the next challenge on road to legacy

Unbeaten middleweight champion arrives in Abu Dhabi for Fight Island aiming to defend his title and take another step toward his goals of greatness → Read More

When is UFC 253 and who is fighting? All you need to know about Fight Island 2's first event

Adesanya’s middleweight title defence against Costa headlines the show in Abu Dhabi → Read More

Fight Island: 'Special' Khamzat Chimaev wins in 17 seconds and next stop could be Abu Dhabi

'I’ve never seen anything like him' says UFC president Dana White → Read More

Carlos Eduardo, Kodjo Laba and the UAE-based players to watch in 2020 Asian Champions League

We look at the key men for the three UAE representatives as the West Asian group stage resumes → Read More

Ottman Azaitar: Moroccan fighter eager to make up for lost time at UFC Fight Night

After an explosive UFC debut in Abu Dhabi, the unbeaten lightweight has had a long wait between fights - but is ready to get back to business in Las Vegas → Read More