Just moments after wrapping up its duties in Brazil, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is getting fans ready for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 39 event, headlined by a heavyweight hoedown pitting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira against Roy Nelson on Friday, April 11, 2014, from Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
The entire event streams live on Fight Pass.
ZUFFA hasn't been back to Abu Dhabi since stinking up the joint in 2010, though it seemed inevitable once UFC officials announced a new three-year broadcast deal with local media.
Nogueira (34-8) hasn't competed since UFC on FUEL TV 10 in June 2013, when he had his arm twisted by division number one contender Fabricio Werdum. The aging Brazilian could be making one last run at the title before hanging up the mitts for good.
But he first has to get through "Big Country."
Nelson (19-9) captured The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 trophy in late 2009, but has been hot-and-cold ever since, racking up a bland 6-5 record that to its credit has five finishes. One more would not only finish "Big Nog," but also snap a two-fight losing streak.
See the entire UFC Fight Night 39: "Nogueira vs. Nelson" fight card and line up here.