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ESPN Primer: UFC 112

Updated: April 9, 2010, 12:16 PM ET
By Jake Rossen/Sherdog.com

It's not exactly the Thrilla in Manila, but the UFC's first trip into the Middle East still represents a progression of fighting sports previously left to media and satellite signals. (Boxing is too disorganized to even attempt T-shirt sales, let alone global expansion.)

A worldwide infection of Ultimate Fighting is the goal, and while that may be too optimistic by half -- revulsion in areas such as Germany will always be a thorn -- a major event in Abu Dhabi is a milestone. It was only ...

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