The organisers of the Global Fighting Championship card, which is staged in Dubai today, have drawn fighters from across the world for their debut show.
New Dubai MMA event looks to build on growth of sport in UAE
Fighters from countries including the UAE, Iran, Brazil, Philippines and Poland are to take part in the event, with 11 bouts scheduled to take place.
Dr Ahmed Al Sharif, the general secretary of the Dubai Sports Council, said: "All over the world martial arts have shown a huge ascendancy on popularity and we feel that this is the best time to cash in on its growing status in Dubai and the region.
"The Middle East in particular has a vast following in mixed martial arts with many youngsters engaged in training, and we at the Dubai Sports Council have always been encouraging such activities that bring out the best in our youths."
The event is being held in Hall No 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
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