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Turki Alalshikh: Women to compete on the next UFC Saudi Arabia card



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UFC Saudi Arabia. Photo via Instagram (@turkialalshik)

The UFC made its debut in Saudi Arabia this past Saturday with UFC on ABC 6 at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh. Despite a bunch of last minute changes, including superstar Khamzat Chimaev pulling out of the main event, the card delivered many memorable fights.

“I thank Dana (White). I am in shock,” Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority, Turki Alalshikh, said druing the UFC on ABC 6 broadcast.

No female fighter competed in Saturday’s event, but that’s something Alalshikh claimed he wants to change for the next card.

“I know the UFC here has a lot of fans, but you see now, it’s changing my mind. I don’t think there’s a lot of fans like this, 12,000 until 1 a.m., and now I am asking Dana for the next card. We want to make it 30,000 here. We are waiting, and we want women also in the next fight.”

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UFC Saudi Arabia in 2025

According to Alalshikh, the UFC is planning to return to Saudi Arabia in 2025 with a stacked card.

“In the first quarter (of next year),” Alalshikh said. “A big one. He (White) promised me to have a big card. Let’s see.”

Saudi Arabia has lately been accused of “sportwashing”. According to organizations like Human Rights Watch, the country is using sports as a way to wash the government’s reputation by hosting major events that attract positive media attention.

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