UFC president Dana White has finally revealed the location of the mysterious Fight Island. The world’s largest Mixed Martial Arts organization will hold fights in Yas Island. The Island is located in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Yas Island will be hosting four fight cards for the month of July. The first fight card will take place on July 11, which will be a PPV event. Following this, three subsequent fight night cards will take place on July 15, July 18, and July 25.
UFC will be hosting all the international fights on this Island as the fighters outside of the US haven’t been able to fly into the country for fights because of the ongoing travel restriction following the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide. Yas Island has had a long history with the promotion as it hosted it’s first event back in 2010.
Yas Island also hosted UFC 242 last year where Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his UFC lightweight title against Dustin Poirier. The part of the Yas Island that will host the fight has fully quipped gyms, hotels, and other essential services required by the athletes. Apart from that, UFC president Dana White also told ESPN that the “safety zone” of 10 square miles will be established at Yas Island. This safety zone will only be accessed by fighters and UFC personnel.
“We are going to just keep putting on massive fights in Abu Dhabi and keep educating the world on what an incredible destination for fights it is.”
“I have an incredible relationship with Abu Dhabi. Any opportunity that I can get to do an event in Abu Dhabi, I will be there. It is a very well-educated market, fans love the sport, they get the sport, they support the sport.” Dana White said last month ahead of UFC 249. (H/T – Timeout Abu Dhabi)
Who will fight at Fight Island?
The first fight card to take place at Fight Island is UFC 251. This card will feature multiple title fights. The card will be headlined by UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and title challenger Gilbert Burns.
Also present on the main card will be between Petr Yan and Jose Aldo for the vacant UFC bantamweight title. Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade and Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas will also take place on the same card on Fight Island.
A featherweight title fight between champion Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway could also take place on the same card. The fight hasn’t been confirmed by the UFC yet.
UFC Fight Night card on July 25
On July 15, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will take on former UFC welterweight title challenger Darren Till. The pair were initially scheduled to fight at UFC Dublin, but because of Coronavirus restrictions, UFC had to put a pause on all the events in global venues.
The full-fight card for July 25 event hasn’t been released yet.
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