The state of the UFC has been vastly undetermined during this time of uncertainty. However, with the recent announcement of fight island, things are looking to heat up for the sport in the not too distant future. To help you get ahead of the curve with what is going on at this time, we have compiled a list of the UFC plans that have recently been unveiled.
What Is Fight Island?
For those that have been following UFC for a while, there have been several rumours surrounding the continuation of the sport following the devastating blow that the ongoing pandemic has bought to the sport. However, the wait is now over with the brand- new announcement from the president of the UFC Dana White. This brand-new announcement unveiled “Fight Island” and the fights that will be taking place there. Fight island is located in Yas Island in Aby Dhabi and is a state-of-the-art complex. This allows for fighting, training and accommodation for the fighters in a safe environment. As a result, this is allowing international competition to take place in this current climate whilst protecting the fighters and other staff from the likelihood of contracting the Coronavirus.
When speaking about the upcoming event, White had this to say:
“Abu Dhabi has been an amazing location to hold fights over the past 10 years and it is the perfect place for these events. The infrastructure we are building will be such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the fighters that’s never been done before – from the arena, the private training facility, and the Octagon on the island – it’s going to be an experience that none of us will ever forget.”
What Matches Have Been Announced?
Along with the announcement of the new location in Abu Dhabi, there are several amazing fights that you can look forward too. To help you stay up to date on the latest match-ups, we have provided you with a rundown of what fights you have to look forward to over the coming weeks.
The Kickoff On July 11th
July 11th will 3 three main matches taking place. First, we will see the matchup between, Kamaru Usman Vs Gilbert Burns for the Welterweight title. This will then be followed up by the Alexander Volkanovski vs Max Holloway 2 for the featherweight title. This is the second fight for the pair and is a long-awaited match that many fans are waiting to see. Checking some of the operators listed in SBO, with many MMA betting websites setting the odds at +175 for an underdog victory for Max Holloway, this could be the perfect opening fight to bring back UFC with a bang. The final matchup of the day to kick off the return back is the Jose Aldo vs Petr Yan battle for the Bantamweight title.
Kattar VS. Ige – July 15th
Another day another round of matchups for those that love all things UFC and this a jam-packed day of fighting. With Kattar VS. Ige as the main event as well as a round of Prelims and the main card, this is a fight night that is full of action that we are sure every UFC fan will love. With fights such as Carla Esparza and Marina Rodriguez for the strawweight as well as Jared Gordon and Chris Fishgold for the featherweight championship, this is set to be a fight night that many of us will not be forgetting any time soon.
Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 – July 18th
Just a few days later on July 18th, there is yet another fight night packed full of amazing fights from the best in the UFC. With the Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 as the headlining event, there are yet again, some amazing fights scheduled for both the prelims and the undercard. Whether you are there for the main event or the Jack Hermansson Vs Kelvin Gastelum middleweight bout, you may even find another range of fighters that you excited to support as you lose yourself in the thrill of the sport once again.
Whittaker Vs Till – July 25th
The final match-up that was announced recently is the Whittaker vs till fight that will be taking place in late July. Like all the other events, this also has several prelim fights as well as the undercards before the main event comes on the TV. This is just one of many fights that are in the line up over the course of the coming months.
With this in mind, there are several amazing fights that we can all look forward to as we head into the latter half of 2020. Which of these UFC matchups will you be tuning in to watch?