01 Jan UFC announces full lineups for July events on ‘Fight Island,’ including four title fights
The UFC has announced its full slate for their trip to “Fight Island” next month.
UFC president Dana White revealed the lineups for the four fight cards taking place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. It all begins with UFC 251 on July 11, featuring three world title fights.
In the main event, Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight title against Gilbert Burns. In the co-main event, Alexander Volkanovski defends the his featherweight strap against former champion Max Holloway, and for the vacant bantamweight title, Petr Yan faces Jose Aldo.
Rounding out the main card will be a rematch between Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas, as well as Amanda Ribas taking on Paige VanZant.
The preliminary cards will simulcast on ESPN and ESPN+ before heading to ESPN+ pay-per-view for the main card.
Four days later, the UFC is back with an event on July 15 headlined by a featherweight bout between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. In the bantamweight co-main event, Frankie Edgar makes his 135-pound debut when he meets Pedro Munhoz.
Also on the main card is a pivotal strawweight fight between Carla Esparza and Marina Rodriguez, Abdul Razak Alhassan takes on Mounir Lazzez in a welterweight matchup, and Jared Gordon takes on Chris Fishgold in a featherweight fight.
A fourth title fight was made official for the promotion’s event on July 18 as Deiveson Figuredo and Joseph Benavidez will rematch for the vacant flyweight championship in the main event. In their first meeting, Figuredo finished Benavidez in the second round but the belt remained vacant following a weight miss from the eventual victor.
The middleweight division will be on display in the co-main event as Jack Hermansson takes on Kelvin Gastelum. Comprising the rest of the main card will be a lightweight bout between Marc Diakiesi and Rafael Fiziev, Ariane Lipski takes on Luana Carolina in the women’s flyweight division, along with a top-10 pairing in at 125-pounds between Alexandre Pantoja and Askar Askarov.
The “Fight Island” schedule rounds out on July 25 headlined by a big fight in the middleweight division as former champion Robert Whittaker takes on Darren Till. In the co-headliner, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira meet for the third time.
Also on the main card will be a lightweight bout between Alex Oliveira and Peter Sobotta, Alexander Gustaffson ends his retirement and makes his UFC heavyweight debut against Fabricio Werdum, as well as Danny Roberts facing Nicolas Dalby in the welterweight division.
Start times for the Yas Island finale were not revealed.
See the full UFC 251 fight card below:
Main Card (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ pay-per-view)
- Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns – welterweight title fight
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway – featherweight title fight
- Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo – vacant bantamweight title fight
- Jessica Andrade vs. Rose Namajunas
- Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant
Preliminary Card (8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN+)
- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Jiri Prochazka
- Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Muslim Salikhov
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Danny Henry
- Leonardo Santos vs. Roman Bogatov
Early Prelims (6 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN+)
- Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov
- Raulian Paiva vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
- Karol Rosa vs. Vanessa Melo
- Martin Day vs. Davey Grant
See the full lineup for July 15 below:
Main Card (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
- Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige
- Frankie Edgar vs. Pedro Munoz
- Carla Esparza vs. Marina Rodriguez
- Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Mounir Lazzez
- Jared Gordon vs. Chris Fishgold
Preliminary Card (7 p.m. EST, ESPN+)
- Modestas Bukauskas vs. Vinicius Moreira
- Molly McCann vs. Talia Santos
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Lerone Murphy
- John Phillips vs. Dusko Todorovic
- Tim Elliott vs. Ryan Benoit
- Diana Belbita vs. Liana Jojua
See the July 18 fight card below:
Main Card (9 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
- Deiveson Figuredo vs. Joseph Benavidez – vacant flyweight title fight
- Jack Hermansson vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Fiziev
- Ariane Lipski vs. Luana Carolina
- Alexandre Pantoja vs. Askar Askarov
Preliminary Card (6 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
- Roman Dolidze vs. Khadis Ibragimov
- Grant Dawson vs. Nad Narimani
- Joe Duffy vs. Joel Alvarez
- Brett Johns vs. Montel Jackson
- Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Alexander Doskalchuk
- Davi Ramos vs. Arman Tsarukyan
- Carlos Felipe vs. Serghei Spivac
See the July 25 lineup below:
- Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Till
- Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Alex Oliveira vs. Peter Sobotta
- Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexander Gustafsson
- Danny Roberts vs. Nicolas Dalby
- Tom Aspinall vs. Jake Collier
- Justin Tafa vs. Raphael Pessoa
- Movsar Evloev vs. Mike Grundy
- Bethe Correia vs. Pannie Kianzad
- Nathaniel Wood vs. Umar Nurmagomedov
- Ramazan Emeev vs. Shavkat Rakhmonov