UFC 253: Adesanya vs Costa
The first event of the Return to UFC Fight Island series, UFC 253 will explode into action with the World Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya defending his title belt against the undefeated Brazilian Paulo Costa.
Just as hotly anticipated is the co-main event, where Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will face off for the World Light Heavyweight Championship.
Also on the Main Card is an intriguing match-up in the women's Bantamweight division between Ketlen Vieira and Sijara Eubanks, as well as other exciting bouts between Kai Kara-France and Brandon Royval at Flyweight and Hakeem Dawodu and Zubaira Tukhugov at Featherweight.
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.
UFC 253 will be 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.