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Concerns Raised For Welfare Of Fighters Over Arena Temperatures At UFC 242

Concerns Raised For Welfare Of Fighters Over Arena Temperatures At UFC 242

As the UFC continues to grow their global brand, we can expect to see an increased number of major events brought to different corners of the globe. While the majority of the pay-per-view UFC events have taken place inside the USA, they have started to travel with increasing frequency in recent years.

The likes of Melbourne and Rio de Janeiro have held events in 2019, while UFC 242 is taking place in Abu Dhabi today.

Of course, the United Arab Emirates is known for its soaring temperatures, especially at this time of year. While you may have assumed that the indoor UFC event would be immune to problems surrounding this issue, that does not appear to be the case.

The event has been underway for a number of hours, with the early preliminary and preliminary fights almost complete. However, concerns have been raised over the conditions in 'The Arena' in Abu Dhabi.

The current outdoor temperature in Abu Dhabi is 35 degrees celsius. However, when you take into account other factors such as the lights above the octagon, the lack of satisfactory air conditioning and the amount of people in the arena, the temperatures the fighters are subjected to will likely be even higher.

MMA journalist Shaheen Al-Shatti revealed the rudimentary air conditioning in the arena was doing little to quell the heat, and said it would no doubt affect the fights.

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