Return to UFC Fight Island
The UFC® is returning to Fight Island on 26 September for a series of five knockout events starting with the hotly anticipated UFC 253, where Israel Adesanya will defend his World Middleweight title against the undefeated Paulo Costa.
Return to UFC Fight Island is the second event in the UFC Fight Island™ series, returning to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island following the undisputed success of July 2020's inaugural series.
The series’ epic return less than three months after UFC Fight Island, marks another historic first for Abu Dhabi and the sport. It is also the first time that two consecutive UFC numbered pay-per-view events have been held in the same city outside of Las Vegas.
Return to UFC Fight Island will begin with a middleweight title bout on 26 September with UFC 253: ADESANYA vs COSTA, followed by UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HOLM vs ALDANA on 3 October, UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MORAES vs SANDHAGEN on 10 October, and UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ORTEGA vs KOREAN ZOMBIE on 17 October.
Return to UFC Fight Island will close with UFC 254: NURMAGOMEDOV vs GAETHJE on 24 October, when fan favourite Khabib Nurmagomedov will return to the Octagon for the first time since defeating the USA’s Dustin Poirier via third-round submission at UFC 242 during last September’s inaugural Abu Dhabi Showdown Week.
Return to UFC Fight Island will take place in the 'Safe Zone' on Yas Island, a six square kilometre stretch of the Island that will be locked down and surrounded with borders and police checkpoints, to ensure restricted entry and protect residents. More than 2,500 UFC personnel, event staff and Yas Island employees will be housed within the Safe Zone for the duration of the event, to ensure the safety of all.
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) aims to set the standard for sports and entertainment safety during and post-COVID world with this Safe Zone concept, which includes Yas Plaza Hotels, the W Abu Dhabi Hotel, Flash Forum, Yas Beach, and Etihad Arena.