“Struggle Island” is actual, and now the 4 playing cards that can happen there are actual, as properly.
UFC president Dana White at this time introduced the whole lineup for the 4 playing cards that can happen subsequent month in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The distinctive setup has been necessitated by the continued COVID-19 pandemic, which has made it tough to get worldwide fighters into the U.S. to compete.
“I believe that is going to be a extremely distinctive expertise, not only for the fighters, however for us,” UFC president Dana White mentioned through the announcement. “It’s going to be cool. It’s going to be one thing completely different. It’s by no means been executed earlier than, and nonetheless lengthy this factor goes on, and nonetheless lengthy it’s onerous to get folks in from different international locations, we could have these fights at ‘Struggle Island’ – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.”
First up, it’s UFC 251 on July 11, which incorporates a trio of title fights.
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, ESPN+, eight p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, ESPN+, 6:15 p.m. ET)
The whole lineup contains:
MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY (7 p.m. ET)
Three days later, on July 18, the promotion hosts its third card in eight days, when prime flyweight contenders Deiveson Figueiredo (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Joseph Benavidez (28-6 MMA, 15-Four UFC) meet for a second time with the vacant UFC flyweight title on the road.
The complete card contains:
MAIN CARD (9 p.m. ET)
PRELIMINARY CARD (6 p.m. ET)
Lastly, the UFC’s run in Abu Dhabi ends on July 25 with a much-anticipated middleweight contest between former champion Robert Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-Three UFC) and former welterweight title challenger Darren Until (18-2-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC).
That night time’s full lineup contains: