sport news The first EVER UFC event in 2024, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk's undisputed ... trends now

sport news The first EVER UFC event in 2024, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk's undisputed ... trends now
sport news The first EVER UFC event in 2024, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk's undisputed ... trends now

sport news The first EVER UFC event in 2024, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk's undisputed ... trends now

Saudi Arabia looks destined to host the 2034 World Cup after its only rival Australia pulled out of the running - adding yet another jewel to its already glittering crown. 

The Kingdom is unchallenged in its bid to stage the world's most prestigious tournament, with other countries missing the October 31 deadline to express formal interest in becoming host. They would then have to table a signed bidding agreement by November 30.

With no suitors looking likely, the Saudis can look forward to welcoming some of the biggest stars in world football to the country, which has already staged a huge number of major sporting events already.

Boxing is becoming a huge draw in Saudi Arabia and some of the biggest bouts are being staged there - such as Tyson Fury's crossover showdown against MMA star Francis Ngannou, said to have pocketed £50million and £10m each from competing in the fight.

But what other major events are being lined up in Saudi Arabia? Mail Sport breaks down everything else you can expect to see in the Middle East. 

Saudi Arabia looks set to secure the 2034 World Cup

Led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Kingdom has lined up a host of other sporting events

Saudi Arabia - led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - looks set to secure the 2034 World Cup, but the Kingdom has lined up a host of other sporting events

BOXING

Fury has only just finished fighting in Saudi Arabia after his closely-fought win over Ngannou in Riyadh, but he is set to return to the country next year once he is fully recovered from fighting the Cameroonian. 

The Gypsy King has signed a contract to fight Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi, with the fight originally schduled for December 23.

But after Fury unexpectedly suffered a bruising contest against Ngannou - which saw him knocked down in the third round - he will now need to take more time before putting himself up for such an important clash, which will see the winner crowned as undisputed world champion. 

The fight is now likely to take place in February. 

His promoter Frank Warren said: 'Tyson can't be going into a camp after a tough fight like that. That's eight weeks away.

Tyson Fury has signed a contract to face Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed showdown set to be held in Saudi next year

Tyson Fury has signed a contract to face Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed showdown set to be held in Saudi next year

'He needs at least a bit of time to get himself, his body, back into shape. Let it heal. Then get into a camp. It will be on early next year.'

Anthony Joshua, meanwhile, was scheduled to fight American rival Deontay Wilder in Saudi too before a changing of hands in the country's boxing management means that match-up is on the rocks for now.

Saudi has already played host to Joshua vs Andy Ruiz in 2019 and also staged Joshua's defeat to Usyk last year. 

UFC

Dana White's promotion has never put on an event in Saudi Arabia, having only ever put on fight nights in the United Arab Emirates - but it is set to jump on the Saudi bandwagon in 2024.

The UFC announced its first ever UFC event - UFC Fight Night 236 - would take place in Saudi on March 2, 2024. 

The card will specifically take the 'Fight Night' form rather than a major pay-per-view event and will be in partnership with the Saudi General Entertainment Authority during Riyadh's Season festival. 

The UFC has agreed to stage its first ever event in Saudi Arabia next year under the 'Fight Night' promotion

The UFC has agreed to stage its first ever event in Saudi Arabia next year under the 'Fight Night' promotion

Conor McGregor was among the names to react to the news - calling it 'incredible' as he targets his return to the sport.

'Huge congratulations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UFC on the major announcement! Incredible news! I am honored! Bravo, Turki Alalshikh.' 

It comes after UFC's merger with the WWE, which has staged many shows in Saudi Arabia since 2014 after penning a lucrative deal with the Kingdom.

FOOTBALL

Saudi Arabia were confirmed as Club World Cup hosts back in February - and now it turns out that will be a dress rehearsal for the much bigger step up of hosting the biggest international sides for the 2034 World Cup.   

Manchester City will be looking for their first ever Club World Cup title beginning on December 12 after winning the Champions League against Inter Milan last year as they prepare for the seven-team format held in Jeddah. 

Alongside Pep Guardiola's men will be Japanese outfit Urawa Red Diamonds, who won the Asian Champions League, Egyptian side Al Ahly - winners of the African Champions League - Mexican team Leon, CONCACAF Champions League champions, and New Zealand's Auckland City. They won the Oceania Champions League. 

Champions League winners Manchester City are set to descend on Jeddah when the Club World Cup begins in December

Champions League winners Manchester City are set to descend on Jeddah when the Club World Cup begins in December

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