The show will be headlined by two title bouts, as lightweight champ BJ Penn defends his belt against Frankie Edgar in the evening’s co-main event, and middleweight king Anderson Silva will battle Demian Maia in the night’s featured contest.
Silva was originally slated to face top contender Vitor Belfort inside the Concert Arena in the United Arab Emirates, however the former UFC light heavyweight champion was forced to pull out of the highly anticipated bout due to a shoulder injury.
Maia took a unanimous decision over Dan Miller at UFC 109 in his last Octagon outing. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard owns an impressive 12-1 professional record and has finished in 10 of those W’s, eight by way of submission.
Here is the entire roster for the UFC’s Abu Dhabi debut:
DaMarques Johnson vs. Brad Blackburn
Jon Madsen vs. Mostapha Al Turk
Paul Kelly Vs. Matt Veach
Nick Osipczak vs. Rick Story
John Gunderson vs. Paul Taylor
Phil Davis vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Kendall Grove vs. Mark Munoz
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Terry Etim
Matt Hughes vs. Renzo Gracie
Frankie Edgar vs. BJ Penn (UFC Lightweight Champion)
Demian Maia vs. Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion)
Please click the media player below to watch the official trailer for UFC 112: