In only a few days’ time, the UFC will make its debut on its highly anticipated Fight Island. Fight Island has been hyped for months by the promotion’s president, Dana White. It is located on Yas Island and Abu Dhabi, and the UFC has scheduled four back-to-back fight cards at the venue.
Photos and videos of Fight Island have been shared on social media the past few weeks. A walkthrough of UFC’s Fight Island was shared by MMA Fighting on Thursday. The video shows everything from media members checking in and getting their temperature checked, to the Octagon on the beach. The video can be watched below:
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UFC Debuts on Fight Island for UFC 251 on July 11
On July 11, the UFC will go live on Fight Island for UFC 251. The fight card is a stacked one as it will feature three title fights. In the main event, welterweight champ Kamaru Usman will look to defend his belt for the second time when he takes on the No. 3 ranked contender, Jorge Masvidal.
The co-main event features a rematch between two featherweight greats. Champion Alexander Volkanovski will look to defeat the former champ, Max Holloway, for a second time. The two met in December 2019 and Volkanovski defeated Holloway by unanimous decision, taking his title. Henry Cejudo’s vacant bantamweight title is on the line as well — No. 3 ranked Petr Yan and No. 6 Jose Aldo will go to war in the third match of the pay-per-view portion of the card. The entire fight card can be viewed below:
Welterweight Championship: Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
Featherweight Championship: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway
Bantamweight Championship: Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo
Women’s Strawweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
Women’s Flyweight: Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
Light Heavyweight: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka
Welterweight: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov
Featherweight: Makwan Amirkhani vs. Dan Henry
Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov
Early Preliminary Card
Heavyweight: Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov
Flyweight: Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Women’s Bantamweight Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo
Bantamweight: Martin Day vs. Davey Gran