Disappointing news were received from two Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who arrived at the tournament in Abu Dhabi. So, Islam Mamedov yesterday fell unconscious before the fight with Korean Kyun Pyo Kim at the UAE Warriors 13 Tournament.
The match was scheduled to be held on September 25 in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, but was canceled because of the health status of the Russian. It is noted that Mamedov felt bad owing to the extreme weight race.
The 30-year-old Mamedov has 18 victories, one loss and one stand-off draw in MMA matches. He is an alumnus of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov and trains with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
At the same time, the Featherweight fighter Zubaira Tukhugov did not meet the limit of his division on the eve of the UFC 253 tournament. At the official weigh-in ceremony, the Russian showed weight of 68.0 kg on the scales with an acceptable maximum of 65.7 kg. Thus, the preponderance was almost 2.5 kg. At the end of the fight, the Russian will give part of his fee to Hakim Davod.
A new Mixed Martial Arts Championship called “Return of the UFC Fight Island” started in Abu Dhabi on September 26, 2020. The championship with the participation of world-class fighters is held on Yas Island during a month, until October 24, 2020, for which a new “security zone” is equipped.
The championship will include UFC 253, UFC 254, and three fight nights. In connection with the implementation of measures to prevent the COVID-19 coronavirus, tournaments will be held behind closed doors and with empty stands.
On September 26, UFC 253 Middleweight matches were held; on October 3, 10 and 17, UFC FIGHT NIGHT is scheduled, and the most anticipated event of the championship will be UFC 254 with the participation of Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov and American Justin Gatzhi. The fight will be broadcast on the UFC Arabia TV channel, which can be viewed in mobile apps.
The United Arab Emirates plans to send the first space mission to the moon by 2024, it was reported at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center.
This task was included in the center’s 10-year development strategy, along with plans to build new satellites and a space simulation center for training astronauts. The plan until 2031 includes three main areas of development: space missions, development and research, and sustainability.
The space missions outlined in the strategy contain the launch of the Hope Probe, which was launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center on July 20, 2020, and which will reach the orbit of Mars in February 2021; the construction of nanometric satellites for environmental monitoring; the Emirates Moon Exploration Project, as well as a second manned launch with astronauts.
The first Arab lunar mission is expected to take place in 2024. It has not yet been determined whether this will be a manned or unmanned mission.
The largest sharks found in nature – whale sharks – have been spotted off the coast and in the harbors of the UAE. So, the shark was observed in the Bay of the densely populated coastal area of Dubai Marina in Dubai, and then – two at once in the channels of Raha Beach in Abu Dhabi.
The Abu Dhabi Environmental Protection Agency, which monitors the shark population in coastal waters, urged the local population not to approach them. The Agency noted that whale sharks are endangered and entered the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. When sharks appear in coastal waters, they do not pose a threat to people.
Whale sharks can reach 12 meters in length and weigh up to 40 tons. “If you see a whale shark, you can take a picture of it, but please don’t approach it,” says Kathleen Russell, founder and owner of the Al Mahara Diving Center, which manages the UAE branch of the Reef Check International Eco-organization. She urged anyone who sees whale sharks to report them to the site whaleshark.org.