UFC’s Fight Island Is Real and It’s Not What You Think

UFC’s mysterious Fight Island has been revealed. If you thought fighters were going to go at it Survivor style on a tropical island, think again.

They’ve identified Fight Island as Yas Island in the beautiful Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Hmm, I guess you can get a good hurricane drink over there.

Fight Island aka Yas Island aka our fighters won’t have to wear masks here island also has a mall, waterpark, an F1 racetrack/hotel, Ferrari World and Warner Brothers World Theme Parks.

UFC has been building the infrastructure for fights ever since THE VIRUS HIT. That dirty virus. Per ESPN:

The designated area of Yas Island that will make up Fight Island includes an arena, hotel, training facilities and dining establishments, per the UFC. It will also include a “safety zone” of 10 square miles in which the only people permitted will be athletes, coaches, UFC staff and limited personnel.

UFC 251 has been announced as the first card on the island. As far as cards go, it’s pretty strong. Check it out:

UFC Welterweight Championship: Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Gilbert Burns

UFC Featherweight Championship: Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Max Holloway

UFC Bantamweight Championship: Peter Yan vs. Jose Aldo

Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas

Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant

Paige VanZant still fights? Her and her fake boobs seem to be more about being an Instagram model than actual fighting.

The headliner, Kamaru Usman versus Gilbert Burns, looks decent. No Jorge Masvidal though. That dude still wants more money.

What’s really interesting are the two fights below the headliner.

Volkanovski versus Holloway is a rematch of their fight from last December’s UFC 245. Volkanovski took a unanimous decision in five rounds, but it was close. No argument with the decision here. What’s interesting is Holloway is still so young and can improve. Let’s see what new tools he brings to the fight.

Yan versus Aldo is another good one. Yan is on the rise, but still overlooked. He ko’d a 40-year-old Urijah Faber with a leg kick to get the title shot.

UFC 251 takes place July 11th. Leave your masks at home, we’re doing this Dana White-style.

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