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UFC's First 'Fight Island' Card Announced And It Is Absolutely Stacked

UFC's First 'Fight Island' Card Announced And It Is Absolutely Stacked

Dana White has announced the card for UFC 251 on July 11 and the show will feature three huge title fights.

UFC president White appeared on ESPN's First Take on Tuesday and revealed the event will be the first to take place on 'Fight Island' at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is set to headline against Gilbert Burns with featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defending against Max Holloway.

Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo is also locked in for the vacant UFC bantamweight title.

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Elsewhere on the card, Rose Namajunas will take on Jessica Andrade and Paige VanZant will return after 18 months out facing Amanda Ribas.

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Usman defending against Burns is said to be a last minute decision, with Ariel Helwani reporting UFC were negotiating to have 'The Nigerian Nightmare' defend against Jorge Masvidal as late as yesterday.

However, UFC could not come to an agreement with 'Gamebred' which has resulted in Burns getting the title shot.

White also revealed on Tuesday that 'Fight Island' will stage three more events in addition to UFC 251, with Fight Night on July 15, July 18 and then July 25.

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UFC released a statement alongside promotional images for 'Fight Island' which read: "To accommodate existing public health guidelines, DCT Abu Dhabi will create a safety zone within the nearly ten square mile (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."

Featured Image Credit: ESPN & UFC

Topics: MMA News, UFC, MMA, Kamaru Usman

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Daniel is a freelance journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.