UFC Reveals Full Cards For Future ‘Fight Island’ Events

After announcing the main card for UFC 251, UFC President Dana White officially made “Fight Island” a reality.

Located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, April 11 will start the festivities. Following that, there will be three other events (July 15, July 18, and July 25) scheduled to take place in the area. White recently revealed the full lineups for the events, including the rest of the UFC 251 card.

“I think this is going to be a really unique experience, not just for the fighters, but for us,” White stated, via MMA Junkie. “It’s going to be cool. It’s going to be something different. It’s never been done before, and however long this thing goes on, and however long it’s hard to get people in from other countries, we will have these fights at ‘Fight Island’ – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.”

The three main events set for UFC 251 include three title fights. The main event will be Kamaru Usman defending his UFC Welterweight TItle against the surging Gilbert Burns. Alexander Volkanovski will defend his UFC Featherweight Title against the man he beat for it in Max Holloway, while Petr Yan will face former Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship.

Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige will main event the July 15 card only a few days later. Frankie Edgar will make his bantamweight debut in the co-main event against Pedro Munhoz.

Following a night of controversy in which Deiveson Figueredo didn’t make weight, he will look for a redo when he faces Joseph Benavidez for the vacant UFC Flyweight Championship on July 18. The co-main event of that card will be Jack Hermansson v. Kelvin Gastelum.

Finally, July 25 will feature the return of Robert Whittaker against previously-named opponent Darren Till. The co-main event will have Mauricio “Shogun” Rua look for his third win against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The card will also see the return of recently-retired Alexander Gustafsson coming back to face Fabricio Werdum.

Besides the fights, times and networks for the fight cards were announced. Only the last “Fight Island” event doesn’t have a set time.

Here is the full card for UFC 251 on July 11: 

UFC 251 Main Card (ESPN+ PPV, 10 p.m. ET)

Kamaru Usman (c) v. Gilbert Burns – UFC Welterweight Championship

Alexander Volkanovski (c) v. Max Holloway II – UFC Featherweight Championship

Petr Yan v. Jose Aldo – vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship

Jessica Andrade v. Rose Namajunas II

Paige VanZant v. Amanda Ribas

UFC 251 Prelims (ESPN/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET) 

Volkan Oezdemir v. Jiri Prochazka

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos v. Muslim Salikhov

Makwan Amirkhani v. Danny Henry

Leonardo Santos v. Roman Bogatov

UFC 251 Early Prelims (ESPN/ESPN+, 6:15 p.m. ET) 

Alexander Romanov v. Marcin Tybura

Raulian Paiva v. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

Vanessa Melo v. Karol Rosa

Martin Day v. Davey Grant

Here is the full card for UFC “Fight Island” on July 15: 

Main Card (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET)

Calvin Kattar v. Dan Ige

Frankie Edgar v. Pedro Munoz

Carla Esparza v. Marina Rodriguez

Abdul Razak Alhassan v. Mounir Lazzez

Jared Gordon v. Chris Fishgold

Prelims (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET)

Modestas Bukauskas vs. Vinicuis Moreira

Molly McCann v. Talia Santos

Ricardo Ramos v. Lerone Murphy

John Phillips v. Dusko Todorovic

Tim Elliott v. Ryan Benoit

Diana Belbita v. Liana Jojua

Here is the full card for UFC “Fight Island” on July 18: 

Main Card (ESPN+, 9 p.m. ET) 

Joseph Benavidez v. Deiveson Figueredo II – vacant UFC Flyweight Title

Jack Hermansson v. Kelvin Gastelum

Marc Diakiese v. Rafael Fiziev

Ariane Lipski v. Luana Carolina

Alexandre Pantoja v. Askar Askarov

Prelims (ESPN+, 6 p.m. ET) 

Roman Dolidze v. Khadis Ibragimov

Grant Dawson v. Nad Narimani

Joe Duffy v. Joel Alvarez

Brett Johns v. Montel Jackson

Tagir Ulanbekov v. Alexander Doskalchuk

Davi Ramos v. Arman Tsarukyan

Carlos Felipe v. Serghei Spivac

Here is the full card for UFC “Fight Island” on July 25: 

Main Card (TBD)

Robert Whittaker v. Darren Till

Mauricio Rua v. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira III

Alex Oliveira v. Peter Sobotta

Fabricio Werdum v. Alexander Gustafsson

Danny Roberts v. Nicolas Dalby

Prelims (TBD)

Tom Aspinall v. Jake Collier

Justin Tafa v. Raphael Pessoa

Movsar Evloev v. Mike Grundy

Bethe Correia v. Pannie Kianzad

Nathaniel Wood v. Umar Nurmagomedov

Ramazan Emeev v. Shavkat Rakhmonov

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