Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates is that rarity — an MMA telecast on network TV. The main card, featuring a fight between Matt Brown (22-17) and Albuquerque’s Carlos Condit (31-13), is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. MST on ABC.
The card also is the first UFC show since March 7 to have a live, in-person audience.
The main card begins at midnight Abu Dhabi time, which for Condit is a bit more convenient than the 4:30 a.m. Sunday start for his previous fight in Abu Dhabi — for the benefit of a U.S. audience the evening of Saturday, Oct. 3.
Condit said he doesn’t particularly care about the time of day.
“I’ll wake up, I’ll get moving around, I’ll have my coffee and then it’ll be time to go,” he said this week from Abu Dhabi in a phone interview.
Speaking of which …
COFFEE GROUNDS (AND POUND): Condit and Brown have more in common, it turns out, than a willingness to hit, be hit, choked and be choked. Both are in the coffee business.
Condit is co-owner of Hundred Hands Coffee, located at 4720 Alexander NE within Revel Entertainment Center. The company’s packaged products also are available at outlets around the city.
Brown is co-owner of Immortal Coffee (his MMA nickname is “The Immortal”) in his hometown of Cincinnati.
The duo’s entrepreneurial activities don’t end with caffeine. Brown trains at his own Immortal Martial Arts Center; Condit endorses his own brand of designer jeans.
Wednesday during a Webex news conference, Condit was asked to be compare his jeans with martial arts and TV star Chuck Norris’ line.
Condit’s are better, he said, in that their more stretchable material allows for a wider variety of kicks. “And you can tell Chuck Norris I said that,” he added.
SHARED HISTORY: Given their combined 33 years as professional fighters, a combined 23 in the UFC, virtually all in the same 170-pound weight class, it’s perhaps surprising that Brown and Condit have only four opponents in common: Robbie Lawler, Jonny Hendricks, Demian Maia and Jake Ellenberger.
Brown is 0-4 against them. Condit is 1-3, have defeated Ellenberger.
Saturday’s fight will be Brown’s fourth against a New Mexico fighter. He’s 2-1, having defeated Tim Means and Diego Sanchez and having lost to Cowboy Cerrone.
DON’T TELL THEM THE ODDS: Condit is a slight betting favorite at minus-170, meaning a bet of $170 would produce a payoff of $100 should Condit win.
Brown is at plus-130, meaning a bet of $100 would pay $130 should he win.
RIVERA TOO: Santa Fe flyweight Jerome Rivera (10-3) is in Abu Dhabi preparing for his fight on Wednesday against Brazil’s Francisco Figueiredo (11-3-1) on the UFC’s second “Fight Island” card in four days.
Figueiredo, the younger brother of UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo, will be making his UFC debut.
Rivera is 1-1 in UFC competition.