UFC 112 is an historic event for the promotion as it marks their first ever outdoor event. It’s understandable that it’s taken them this long as bad weather could have disastrous consequences for an event such as this that is broadcast all around the world and on pay-per-view.
Abu Dhabi is the perfect destination for such an occasion though, surrounded by desert with an average low temperature of 19 degrees and high of 33 degrees in April, while averaging barely more than a day of rainfall throughout the entire month.
Despite admitting to have been “terrified” of doing an outdoor event in the past, UFC president Dana White is confident that Abu Dhabi’s climate will ensure that everything goes smoothly on the night.
“It’s not gonna rain there; we know it’s not gonna happen. It would have to be crazy for it to rain in Abu Dhabi,” White told Sportsnet.ca recently.
He must have a plan B though right? You know, just in case something ‘crazy’ does indeed happen.
“If it starts raining and the wind starts blowing … right now there’s no Plan B,” he admits.
The thing is, crazy stuff does happen. Look at the 15 minute power outage during Bruce Buffer’s fighter introductions from last weeks Fight Night 21 event for instance. In fact with the amount of live events that the UFC puts on it’s amazing that more mishaps don’t occur.
And wouldn’t you know it – if you happen to look at the five-day weather forecast for Abu Dhabi today, what’s scheduled for the UFC’s big event on Saturday night according to BBC Weather? – ‘Light Rain / Showers.’
In fact on some sites they go as far as to suggest that thunderstorms may be a possibility on the 10th of April.
Of course it should be stressed that weather forecasts are not the most reliable things in the world, and the outlook may well change over the course of the next few days, but nevertheless you can bet that there’s a little precipitation forming on the brow of Dana White right about now.