Abu Dhabi to host major UFC events for the rest of 2020

The UAE capital and Las Vegas will host all events

Abu Dhabi to host major UFC events for the rest of 2020

UFC is returning to Abu Dhabi in July for four major events as part of Fight Island.

On July 11, UFC 251 will be hosted on Yas Island, followed by for fight nights on July 15, 28 and 25.

The main cards have been announced for the events, bringing title fights to the UAE.

With sporting events around the world being held behind closed doors and social distancing measures being applied to stop the spread COVID-19, the UFC will be making Abu Dhabi a regular host for the year ahead.

As reported in sister publication Arabian Business, speaking ahead of Fight Island, UFC president Dana White said: "We're going to be going back-and-forth to Abu Dhabi until the world comes back.

"This is an international business, and most of our fighters are international.

“We're going to be going back-and-forth to Abu Dhabi I'm assuming for a very long time."

The UFC president has also posted a preview of UFC 251 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi on social media to build up the hype ahead of the behind-closed-doors event in the UAE.

Last year UFC agreed a five year deal to bring five events to Abu Dhabi over the next few years.

The first event, UFC 242, saw Khabib Nurmagomedov defeat Dustin Poirier to retain the lightweight championship in September 2019.

The fight Island events, although closed to spectators, will be streamed across the world and available on the UFC Arabia platform in the UAE.

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