Abu Dhabi: UAE Warriors returns with back-to-back events next week from the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi showcasing some of the best regional and international MMA talent.
UAE Warriors 19: Arabia 3 will kick-off the double bill of action on June 18 with soaring Lebanese prodigy Mohammed Osseili (3-0) taking on Comorian striker Samir Zaidi (5-2) in the main event. This parallel series of UAE Warriors events began in January of this year with the goal of developing MMA within the region and providing a platform for fighters of Arabic heritage.
The following night, on June 19, will see an international UAE Warriors 20 event headlined by a spectacular bantamweight contest between former UFC title challenger Ray Borg (13-5) and top ranked Canadian Jesse Arnett (18-6), the winner of which will move on to compete for the UAE Warriors title.
Borg comes into UAE Warriors after a six-year run in the UFC that saw him capture a series of impressive wins over top fighters such as Jussier Formiga, Shane Howell, Louis Smolka, and more, leading to a UFC title shot against legend Demetrious Johnson in the co-main event of UFC 216. Now the 27-year-old moves onto the next stage of his career and aims to take a step towards title contention in UAE Warriors.
First, however, he must take on a relentless Jesse Arnett. The 36-year-old veteran is on a three-fight win-streak and won his promotional debut with a hard-fought decision win over Elias Boudegzdame this past January. A former TKO champion in Canada, Arnett will no doubt see this fight with Borg as the biggest of his career.
Also announced for UAE Warriors 20 is co-main event between former Eagles champion Martun Mezhlumyan (11-2) and Attila Korkmaz (11-5) in the lightweight divsion and a huge clash between two of Europe’s top rising welterweights in Poland’s Daniel Skibinski (17-5) and Spain’s Acoidan Duque (16-2). The winner’s of these bouts will also progress to compete for UAE Warriors titles in their respective divisions.
UAE Warriors 19 & 20 will be available to watch live on the UAE Warriors app, available now on Android and iOS, The Fight Network in the United States & Canada, and through various broadcast partners globally.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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