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This August, see the the first Emirati to compete in the UFC® at Etihad Arena on Yas Island

UFC fighter
Mohammad Yahya

Mohammad Yahya, the first Emirati to compete in the UFC®, will make his

return to the Octagon® to take on Brazilian Kaue Fernandes on August 3 at the Etihad

Arena in Abu Dhabi.

Yahya made history last year when he signed with the world 39;s largest mixed martial arts

organisation and debuted in the UAE capital in October at UFC® 294: MAKHACHEV vs.


The 30-year-old will now return to fight in front of his home fans as he takes on Kaue

Fernandes in a lightweight battle at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SANDHAGEN vs.


Yahya holds an overall record of 12-4 and has extensive experience fighting in the region -

particularly with UAE Warriors. Twelve of his sixteen professional fights have taken place in

the UAE and he can expect another strong backing from his home crowd. He will be looking

to earn his first win in the UFC in arguably the organisation’s most competitive division.

Brazil’s Fernandes will also be making his second UFC appearance this August. The 29-

year-old holds an 8-2 record, and like Yahya will be looking for his first win inside the


The night will be headlined by a pivotal clash in the bantamweight division as American Cory

Sandhagen takes on undefeated Russian Umar Nurmagomedov. Both fighters will be

familiar to the Abu Dhabi fans having fought in the Emirate previously.

No.2 ranked Sandhagen has fought on Yas Island twice - picking up bonuses on both

occasions - firstly a performance of the night in defeating Marlon Moraes in 2020, followed

up with a fight of the night for his battle with Petr Yan for the interim bantamweight title a

year later.

Nurmagomedov (17-0), currently ranked No.10 in the division, made his UFC debut in Abu

Dhabi, securing a performance of the night bonus in stopping Sergey Morozov. He has gone

on to win four further fights and is considered one of the rising stars in the 135lbs class.