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UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have partnered for the third instalment of the world-famous UFC Fight Island series, which will kick off the UFC’s live event series for 2021.
Returning to the international home of UFC on Yas Island, UFC will host three events in seven days, which will welcome a limited number of fans to the new purpose-built Etihad Arena.
The first event of the year occurs on Saturday, 16 January and will be headlined by a fan favourite featherweight bout between No.1 ranked Max Holloway and No.6 Calvin Kattar.
On Wednesday, 20 January, Michael Chiesa will take on Neil Magny in a highly anticipated welterweight main event. Both Chiesa and Magny are coming off three consecutive wins and will be looking to continue this win streak on Fight Island.
Finally, closing out the UFC Fight Island Triple Header will be UFC 257, which will see Conor McGregor’s return in a rematch against Dustin Poirier. Since their last featherweight bout in 2014, Poirier has found a new home at lightweight, defeating notable names, such as Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway and claiming the interim lightweight title. On the other hand, McGregor has consistently taken part in thrilling performances, including his most recent fight against Cowboy Cerrone, defeating the UFC veteran in just 40 seconds.
In December, DCT Abu Dhabi announced the reopening of the Emirate to tourism and a gradual return to event hosting, with strict guidelines in place that ensure the safety of the wider Abu Dhabi community. To align with these guidelines, the athletes, coaches, UFC staff and resort employees will again be in a safe zone on Yas Island. There will also be additional restricted zones which will allow fans to attend the events safely. All three events will be held at the state-of-the-art Etihad Arena, where the UFC Fight Island will be hosted for the first time.