Oh, that wacky Middle East. They really squeeze every ounce of goodness out of the trillions of dollars they get from sitting atop large amounts of sweet, sweet oil. They erect buildings like the Burj Dubai on foundations of pure sand, keep huge harems of concubines, and buy more cars than they could ever drive. It’s okay that they give women the same legal status as lamb kebabs because hey, they love thems some martial arts. Heck, Sheik Tahnoon bin Zayed al Nahyan even bought a 10% stake in the UFC just to show what a big dick swinging mofo he is.

It would be really nice if the ultra-rich Dubai elite made some investments in regional infrastructure and development of non-earthrape economic sectors so they wouldn’t have to pay their populations to sit around and do nothing. And it would also be awesome if they could exert some calming influence on their neighbors who slaughter thousands of their own people because they want a voice in their own governance. But barring that, how’s this for a consolation prize: they’re now investing in the Cage Warriors promotion and taking it international. MMAJunkie reports:

The U.K.-based Cage Warriors Fighting Championships continues its aggressive international expansion, and the promotion is now planning on hosting 16 events in 2012.

Cage Warriors director Graham Boylan credited the continued growth to a new partnership with Sky Stone Production and Entertainment FZ, which will see the Dubai-based company manage Cage Warriors’ international schedule.

“Sky Stone is very excited that fans in the Middle East, Ukraine, Poland and Turkey will get the chance to witness the hugely popular Cage Warriors Fighting Championships this coming year,” A Sky Stone spokesperson stated.

Cage Warriors’ current 2012 schedule includes:

  • Feb. 9: Lebanon
  • Feb. 18: London, England
  • Feb. 25: Ukraine
  • March 15: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • April 12: Amman, Jordan
  • May 5: Dublin, Ireland
  • July 7: London, England
  • Sept. 1: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Oct. 11: Amman, Jordan
  • Nov. 17: Hungary

If “hugely popular” means “their most popular fighter has one testicle and they give their product away for free on a website that has the word ‘junk’ in its name”, then by Muhammad’s beard, Cage Warriors is hugely popular! Judging by what they’ve done for submission grappling, maybe they can actually make some strides with Cage Warriors if it doesn’t ever need to turn a profit. Now every time we refuel our vehicles, we’re not only paying for a 180-foot yacht named “Tits”, we’re supporting MMA. I’m definitely going to buy a gas guzzler now.