Video: Catch a FIRST LOOK inside the UFC Fight Island Arena!
After weeks of speculation, fans can now get a first look at the UFC Fight Island Arena! MMA Fighting’s Guillherme Cruz, who recently touched down in Abu Dhabi, posted a video showing the inside of the Arena that will house the Fight Island events.
Despite the UFC’s marketing heavily implying that the cage will be located on a beach, UFC president Dana White downplayed any questions regarding the matter. This is despite the fact that he has been quoted as saying that the octagon will be on a beach. Due to this, the backlash from many fans who were disappointed the the first look in fact showed the Fight Island Arena to be more akin to the Apex Center than anything else.
I thought @danawhite said it was on the beach?
— Gabe (@GabeLeeSerrano) July 9, 2020
Thats crap if its not outside like it was advertised
— Ashley 🥊⚽🏉 (@AshleyDevlin777) July 9, 2020
FFS @danawhite!? We all thought it was inside and laughed at the people who said it could be on the beach… then you do the promo of the octagon actually on the beach!!
— Praize (@PraizeWoW) July 9, 2020
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UFC 251 will be the first event at Fight Island. The headliner sees BMF champ and fan favourite Jorge Masvidal challenge Kamaru Usman for the undisputed welterweight title. Masvidal took the fight on short notice, stepping in for Gilbert Burns who was forced out of the bout after contracting Covid-19. See the full fight card below!
UFC 251 PPV Main Card on ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal
145 lbs.: UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway
135 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Petr Yan for vacant bantamweight title
115 lbs.: Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
125 lbs.: Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
UFC 251 Prelims Card on ESPN (8 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka
170 lbs.: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov
145 lbs.: Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry
155 lbs.: Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov
UFC 251 Prelims Card on ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET):
265 lbs.: Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov
125 lbs.: Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
135 lbs.: Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo
135 lbs.: Martin Day vs. Davey Grant