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The UFC is heading to Abu Dhabi on Friday April 11th for only the second time in the company's history for UFC: Fight Night 39. Headlined by two mixed martial arts (MMA) veterans, Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, the event should feature some great action and showcase some of the UFC's future talent.

Abu Dhabi - capital of the United Arab Emirates - might seem like an unusual location for an MMA event, but the city has long fostered a love of combat sports.

The prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) submission wrestling world championships were created here, and winning at the ADCC is one of the most prestigious awards in grappling.

A past ADCC champion is returning to Abu Dhabi for Fight Night 39. Rani Yahya is competing on the undercard, fighting at Bantamweight against Johnny Bedford. Yahya won gold in the 2007 ADCC under 66 kg division, and will look to test his opponent's grappling skills on Friday.

Another grappler will be opening the main card, as Beneil Dariush will be taking on Ramsey Nijem in the Lightweight division.

The majority of the undefeated Dariush's wins have come by submission, but Nijem is hoping that his more well-rounded skillset will be enough to hand his opponent the first loss of his career.

Following on from these two will be a Welterweight clash between John Howard and Ryan LaFlare. Howard, who is on a four-fight win streak, looked excellent in his return to the UFC in 2013, and even better in his drop down to Welterweight at the end of the year.

He will be taking on the undefeated LaFlare. Both of these guys have similar styles, and lots of striking action is to be expected.

The co-main event is a Featherweight bout between Japanese MMA legend Tatsuya Kawajiri and longtime UFC mainstay Clay Guida.

These powerful wrestlers will battle to solidify their place in the division's top ten, and this fight will be a tough test for both of them.

Finally, the heavy-handed Nelson will be taking on the submission wizard Nogueira. Nelson has made a career out of knocking people out with his club of a right hand, while Nogueira will surely look to test Nelson's grappling defence as he aims to implement his incredible Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game. It is sure to be an excellent fight to cap off the night's entertainment.

UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira v Nelson is live this Friday, April 11th, on BT Sport.

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