UFC FIGHT NIGHT 39 START TIME: UFC Fight Night 39 takes place Friday, and due to the time difference, is live in North America during the afternoon. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. Prelims kick off at 11:50 a.m. ET (8:50 a.m. PT), and the four-fight main card commences at 2 p.m. ET.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 39 BACKGROUND: In the first Abu Dhabi event since UFC 112, which included then-champion Anderson Silva’s heavily criticized title defense over Demian Maia, the UFC returns to the UAE capital with a clearly non-pay-per-view worthy lineup.
However, despite the lack of title fights and top contenders, the card has some very familiar names. Veteran heavyweights Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-8-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and Roy Nelson (19-9 MMA, 6-5 UFC) meet in the headliner, though both fighters clearly need a big win. Additionally, popular featherweight veterans Clay Guida (30-14 MMA, 10-8 UFC) and Tatsuya Kawajiri (33-7-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meet in the co-headliner.
The card includes a total of nine bouts.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 39 ON-SITE REPORTER: MMAjunkie lead staff reporter (@MMAjunkieJohn) is on site in Abu Dhabi. Follow him for updates throughout fight week.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 39 OPEN WORKOUTS ON TUESDAY: As part of its promotional push for the card, the UFC is opening the traditional open workouts to fans. They take place Tuesday at Cornish’s East Plaza in Abu Dhabi. Doors open at 1 p.m. GST local time. Attendees include fighters Nogueira, Nelson, Kawajiri, John Howard, Ryan LaFlare, Ramsey Nijem and Beneil Dariush, as well as UFC officials Garry Cook and John Gooden. A Q&A session also takes place with Alexander Gustafsson, Stefan Struve and Luke Barnatt.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 39 WEIGH-INS ON THURSDAY: Thursday’s UFC Fight Night 39 fighter weigh-ins take place at Cornish’s East Plaza in Abu Dhabi. You can watch a live video stream here on MMAjunkie or get text-only results beginning at 8 a.m. ET (5 a.m. PT). We’ll also have a video replay and full photo gallery available afterward. The weigh-ins are free and open to the public, with doors opening at 1 p.m. GST. Prior to the weigh-ins, fans can attend a Q&A session with Barnatt, Urijah Faber, Gustafsson and Struve at 2 p.m. GST.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 39 ON FRIDAY: Join us Friday at 11:50 a.m. ET for UFC Fight Night 39 play-by-play and live results, individual fight stories and photos from each bout on the card, and more in the most extensive UFC coverage online. You can also discuss UFC Fight Night 39 in our discussion thread. Afterward, watch the post-UFC Fight Night 39 news conference on MMAjunkie at approximately 4:30 p.m. ET.
The official UFC Fight Night 39 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 2 p.m. ET)
- Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
- John Howard vs. Ryan LaFlare
- Beneil Dariush vs. Ramsey Nijem
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:50 a.m. ET)
- Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Jared Rosholt
- Johnny Bedford vs. Rani Yahya
- Thales Leites vs. Trevor Smith
- Chris Camozzi vs. Andrew Craig
- Jim Alers vs. Alan Omer