On June 9, 2020, UFC president, Dana White announced that Yas Island, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates will be the place for UFC’s much awaited ‘Fight Island’.
The island will host UFC 251 on July 11, 2020, along with three more eevents at least. Yas island will help the UFC promote some of its international fighters who have difficulties entering the USA because of travel restrictions and bans caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yas Island occupies a total land area of 25 km². It has hosted the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2009.
UFC 251 is not the first UFC event to be hosted on Yas Island as it has already hosted three Ultimate Fighting Championship events: UFC 112 in 2010, UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson in 2014 and UFC 242 in 2019.
Dana White teased his followers with this image of the cage on the beach:
and this video showing the building process:
This is the first look at the testing and infrastructure being built on Fight Island (Yas Island, Abu Dhabi). This experience is going to so BADASS for my fighters and my staff!!! #InAbuDhabi @VisitAbuDhabi pic.twitter.com/dog3eIhxxC
— danawhite (@danawhite) June 30, 2020
Here is the first released trailer