UFC president Dana White has revealed Yas Island in Abu Dhabi will be the location of Fight Island. The idea has been in the works for weeks due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Four events will take place on Yas Island, including one Pay Per View, UFC 251, and three Fight Nights.
The first event will take place on Saturday, July 11.
Further events will take place on Wednesday, July 15; Saturday, July 18; and Saturday, July 25.
On the announcement of Fight Island, White said: “We came up with the idea of having fights on ‘Fight Island’ because we needed a destination to hold international events during the global pandemic.
“Abu Dhabi has been an amazing location to hold fights over the past ten years and it is the perfect place for these events.
“The infrastructure we are building will be such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the fighters that’s never been done before – from the arena, the private training facility, and the Octagon on the island – it’s going to be an experience that none of us will ever forget.
“I can’t wait to deliver amazing fights from Yas island.”
Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, added: “Our partnership with the UFC, now in its second year, has proved to be one of our most successful ventures in recent years. Thanks to their commitment and cooperation, we are proud to announce that Abu Dhabi will host the first ever “Fight Island” event, marking the long-awaited return of UFC fights to the global stage.
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“We have worked closely with all government entities in Abu Dhabi to ensure that the staging of this historic event complies with the highest standards of safety for the athletes, coaches, and all UFC personnel as well as the safety of our community.
“This year, Abu Dhabi has successfully proven its ability to handle all challenges and promote the well-being of its visitors and residents; and today, we are here to showcase the best that our capital has to offer, as we look forward to opening our doors once again to the world.”
UFC 251 is set to be a blockbuster show in the first Fight Island event.
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Kamaru Usman will face Gilbert Burns in the headline fight.
Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway, Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo and Jessica Andrade vs Rose Namajunas are also scheduled for UFC 251.
White has confirmed that more fights are in the works and they’ll be announced in the coming weeks.
UFC 242 was the last event to take place in Saudi Arabia as Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Dustin Poirier in their lightweight showdown.
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