Abu Dhabi's Yas Island to host first-ever 'UFC Fight Island'

The much-anticipated UFC FIGHT ISLAND events will be held on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island, one of the emirate's most popular leisure, shopping and entertainment destinations. 

Four events were held on Yas Island, including one Pay Per View, UFC 251, and three Fight Nights. The action-packed schedule begins with UFC 251 on Saturday, July 12, and will be followed with successive Fight Nights on Wednesday, July 15; Saturday, July 18; and Saturday, July 25.

There will be two championships in the UFC 251, which will be Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns (men's welterweight), and Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway (men's featherweight). 

Besides, for other main card bouts, there will be Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo (men's bantamweight), Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas 2 (women's strawweight), and Amanda Ribas vs. Paige Vanzant (women's flyweight).

UFC Fight Island poster /Courtesy of UFC

UFC Fight Island poster /Courtesy of UFC

UFC realized their assumption generated since the outbreak of COVID-19 under the help from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

To accommodate existing public health guidelines, DCT Abu Dhabi will create a safety zone within the nearly ten square miles (25 km2) Yas Island that will include an arena, hotel, training facilities, and dining establishments.

This safety zone will only be open to UFC athletes and their coaches, UFC staff and other event personnel, and Yas Island employees who are necessary to ensure the operation of the facilities.

(Cover: F1 free practice venue, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, October 29, 2009. /VCG)