UFC 251 to be held on 'Fight Island' in Abu Dhabi

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The UFC will host four events on 'Fight Island', which will be located in Abu Dhabi, president Dana White has confirmed.

Yas Island will be the venue for pay-per-view event UFC 251 on July 11, with 'Fight Night' events to follow on July 15, July 18 and July 25.

UFC's international fighters have been heavily impacted by restrictions on travel to the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Fight Island will give them a stage with which to showcase themselves.

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"We came up with the idea of having fights on 'Fight Island' because we needed a destination to hold international events during the global pandemic," White said.

"Abu Dhabi has been an amazing location to hold fights over the past ten years and it is the perfect place for these events.

"The infrastructure we are building will be such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the fighters that's never been done before – from the arena, the private training facility, and the Octagon on the island – it's going to be an experience that none of us will ever forget. I can't wait to deliver amazing fights from Yas Island."

UFC 251 will see a rematch between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway for the featherweight title as the main event.

Kamaru Usman will face Gilbert Burns for the welterweight title and Petr Yan will take on Jose Aldo for the bantamweight title.

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