— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 9, 2020
Dana White announced on ESPN’s First Take today that Fight Island is on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The first event will take place on July 11th, and there will be three more events later next month on the 15th, 18th, and 25th.
Per White, UFC 251 on the 11th will feature the following fights:
Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway
Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo
Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade
Amanda Ribas vs. Paige Van Zant
Here is what the island looks like:
UFC Fight Island will be located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. They will hold fights there July 11, 15, 18 and 25. pic.twitter.com/wer8CDrE5k
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 9, 2020
White said that one of the reasons he wanted Fight Island is that they are having issues getting international fighters into the United States, and that having events in an international location will help avoid the burnout of American fighters.