The UFC’s Combat Island has been talked about over the previous few months as someplace to host worldwide fighters in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, the placement has lastly been revealed.
Whereas many had imagined some type of tropical island arrange, the UFC will likely be speaking fights to the United Arab Emirates, with Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island now confirmed as the placement.
To accommodate current public well being tips, the Abu Dhabi Division of Tradition and Tourism will create a security zone throughout the almost 25 square-kilometre Island that can embody an enviornment, resort, coaching services, and eating institutions.
This security zone will solely be open to UFC athletes and their coaches; UFC employees and different occasion personnel; and Yas Island workers who’re crucial to make sure the operation of the services.
Combat Island will start internet hosting occasions on from July 12 (NZT) with a blockbuster card within the works for UFC 251.
The cardboard will function three title fights, together with the primary defence for Australian featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, a part of Aucklnd health club Metropolis Kickboxing’s steady.
A rematch between Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway was confirmed by UFC president Dana White this morning on ESPN’s First Take, with a welterweight title bout between Kumaru Usman and Gilbert Burns headlining the cardboard. Russian slugger Petr Yan and Brazilian MMA legend Jose Aldo will combat for the vacant bantamweight title on the cardboard as properly.
“We got here up with the concept of getting fights on ‘Combat Island’ as a result of we would have liked a vacation spot to carry worldwide occasions in the course of the international pandemic,” White stated.
“Abu Dhabi has been an incredible location to carry fights over the previous ten years and it’s the good place for these occasions.
“The infrastructure we’re constructing will likely be such a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for the fighters that is by no means been achieved earlier than – from the world, the personal coaching facility, and the Octagon on the island – it is going to be an expertise that none of us will ever overlook. I am unable to wait to ship wonderful fights from Yas island.”
UFC 251 would be the first of 4 occasions hosted on the Island in July.
Confirmed bouts for UFC 251 on UFC Combat Island:
Welterweight title: Kumaru Usman (c) v Gilbert Burns
Featherweight title: Alexander Volkanovski (c) v Max Holloway
Bantamweight title: Petr Yan v Jose Aldo
Strawweight bout: Rose Namajunas v Jessica Andrade
Flyweight bout: Paige VanZant v Amanda Ribas