Dana White will finally see his UFC Fight Island concept come to fruition in July when Abu Dhabi hosts the unprecedented UFC event. UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have announced that the much-anticipated UFC Fight Island events will be held on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, one of the emirate’s most popular leisure, shopping and entertainment destinations.
UFC will produce four events on Yas Island, including one Pay Per View– UFC 251– and three Fight Nights. The action-packed schedule begins with UFC 251 on Saturday, July 11, and will be followed with successive Fight Night events to be held on Wednesday, July 15; Saturday, July 18; and Saturday, July 25. Details for each event, including fight cards, will be announced in coming weeks.
To accommodate existing public health guidelines, DCT Abu Dhabi will create a safety zone within the nearly ten square mile (25 km2) Yas Island that will include an arena, hotel, training facilities, and dining establishments. This safety zone will only be open to UFC athletes and their coaches; UFC staff and other event personnel; and Yas Island employees who are necessary to ensure the operation of the facilities.
UFC Fight Island events will air live on global broadcasters around the world and on Pay-Per-View in select markets. UFC events are broadcast in 172 countries and territories in 40 different languages and reach approximately one billion TV households.