After weeks of rumors, Dana White has now officially revealed the location of the highly-anticipated UFC Fight Island. The UFC President noted, in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), Yas Island of the capital of the United Arab Emirates will soon serve as the location of UFC 251 on July 11, and Fight Night July 15, 18 and 25 events with international fighters.
Continuing to stand as the only sport running, the UFC looks to build on the excitement it has been able to generate with its events in Jacksonville, Florida and at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the full fight cards have not been revealed, we now know that on July 11 will see Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns face off for the Welterweight Championship, Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway II for the Featherweight Championship and Jose Aldo vs Petr Yan for the Bantamweight Championship.
Dana then went on to touch of the logistics of the island, stating that the plot of land is large enough to accommodate existing public health guidelines and that the DCT Abu Dhabi will create a ten square mile safety zone around the island. An arena, hotel, training facilities, dining establishments and any necessary infrastructure have now been set up on the island for the UFC athletes and their coaches; UFC staff and other event personnel; and Yas Island employees necessary to ensure the operation of the facilities.
Check out Dana White’s announcement of UFC Fight Island and the main bouts for the July 11 event below. Additionally, the UFC has also revealed that Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic are now set to have their trilogy fight for UFC 252 set for August 15, while Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje have now been scheduled for UFC 253 set for September 19.
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