No spectators will be allowed inside the arena but all UFC FIGHT ISLAND events will air live on global broadcasters around the world.

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 this month.

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 on Wednesday July 15, Saturday July 18 and Saturday July 25.

To accommodate existing public health guidelines, DCT Abu Dhabi will create a safety zone within the 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.

HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “Our partnership with the UFC, now in its second year, has proved to be one of our most successful ventures in recent years. Thanks to their commitment and cooperation, we are proud to announce that Abu Dhabi will host the first ever “Fight Island” event, marking the long-awaited return of UFC fights to the global stage.”

In 2019, UFC and DCT Abu Dhabi entered into a groundbreaking five-year partnership to bring UFC events to the emirate. UFC 242: KHABIB VS. POIRIER was the first event held under the new agreement and attracted more than 14,000 fans to Yas Island in September 2019.  The agreement to bring UFC FIGHT ISLAND to Abu Dhabi is an expansion of the original five-year partnership between UFC and DCT Abu Dhabi.

UFC FIGHT ISLAND events will air live on global broadcasters around the world and on Pay-Per-View in select markets. In the UAE and throughout the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, UFC content is streamed on UFC Arabia app, UFC’s first Arabic language streaming subscription service in the region.

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