Following months of anticipation and countless speculations, Dana White, UFC president, revealed the site and details of the Fight Island officially. White has announced on Tuesday that it will host four major events in the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi on Yas Island from 11 July through 25 July. The Brazilian Fighting Outlet reported Abu Dhabi last week for the first time as a site.
In the main event, Kamaru Usman defends his worldweight title against teammate Gilbert Burns. Alexander Volkanovski, Featherweight Champion, will take Max Holloway back on the main event of the year 2019, and finish with Petr Yann and former King Jose Aldo of 145 pounds.
UFC 251 Main Event:
A women’s strawweight match for the UFC 251 Live champions Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade and a second 115 pound match for the Paige Van Zant and Amanda Ribas will also be featured on the main card.
UFC 251 fight card Co Event:
- Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Gilbert Burns — Welterweight title
- Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway — Featherweight title
- Jose Aldo vs. Petr Yan — Vacant bantamweight title
- Rose Namajunas vs. Jéssica Andrade — Women’s strawweights
- Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas — Women’s flyweights
- Frankie Edgar vs. Pedro Munhoz — Bantamweights
- Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Ciryl Gane — Heavyweights
- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiří Procházka — Light heavyweights
- Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Raulian Paiva — Flyweights
It sounded so exotic when Dana White first introduced “Fight island.” The plot grew when the chairman ofUFC refused to share information about the site or any other details for weeks. It was easy to picture combat teams that relaxed between palm trees on a beach in an unknown location.
Fight Island is a good old Yas Island, an area of leisure in Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates. It’s not a good thing. The UFC visited Yas three times, in September most recently.
What time will the fights UFC 251 start?
Without fans in attendance, the UFC 251doesn’t have to worry about the local timing of the event, so the plan is to proceed with normal timing for a pay-per-view, which is:
- Early prelims — 6-8 p.m. ET on Fight Pass, ESPN, & ESPN+
- Late Prelims — 8-10 p.m. ET on ESPN & ESPN+
- Pay-per-view — 10 p.m. ET
Kamaru Usman will be leadered UFC 251 in defense against Gilbert Burns of his worldweight championship. In the other champion’s title the pit featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski, opposed to Max Holloway, and Petr Yan who won the bantamweight title of former champion, Jose Aldo, left vacant when Henry Cejudo was retired.
It is a human-built island – reachable by car from the mainland – in Abu Dhabi, which spreads over approximately 10 km2. Yas Island has a huge water park, a Warner Brothers fun park, golf courses, hotels and beaches. Yas Island has an excellent tourist destination.
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In addition to UFC events, Yas is also known for the Formula One car racing events on Yas Marina Circuit.