UFC 253 kicks off Fight Island return in Abu Dhabi

Israel Adesanya's middleweight belt will be on the line in the main event of UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC 253 will be the start of the second series of “Fight Island” events in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., on Sept. 26, multiple sources told MMA Fighting no Friday. Ag. Fight first reported the news.

The pay-per-view show will be headlined by undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya against 13-0 challenger Paulo Costa. The vacant light heavyweight throne will be on the line for co-headliners Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz.

The promotion will run five events in Abu Dhabi between September and October, closing the series with a pay-per-view card headlined by undisputed lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Justin Gaethje on Oct. 24.

“Fight Island” was a way for the UFC to keep running events with athletes that were unable to enter the United States due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first run of events featured 52 bouts in four different dates, including four title bouts. Petr Yan and Deiveson Figueiredo were crowned new champions in Abu Dhabi, while Kamaru Usman and Alexander Volkanovski defended their belts.

Check the current UFC 253 line-up below.

Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa
Dominick Reyes vs. Jan Blachowicz
Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Royval
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Ketlen Vieira vs. Marion Reneau
Shane Young vs. Nate Landwehr
Brad Riddell vs. Alex da Silva
Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Matthews


Boooooooooo this decision!!

Was hoping to see this in the smaller cage!

Didn't they use the small cage for fight island?

It’s prolly the same one

No its the usual size

What is the Boo for?

This actually makes it a lot easier for the out of country Fighters…oh but that doesn’t matter…because for some reason you all think a smaller ring would effect the outcome of the fight…

Izzy vs Costa could be on the beach and I reckon it'd be a thriller!


almost regardless of outcome

So if Izzy wins...

the narrative will be because they fought in the regular sized Octagon.

Izzy won’t win

Y’all some stupid mfs lol


we’ll see.

If Izzy wins, delete your account and find a 9-5 job.

No I think some just wanted a smaller cage in that particular match up to have more action

Nobody want to see Izzy repeat his last performance…

I’m of the crowd

That doesn’t care about the cage size
Just fight!

It's how you use the cage that matters <img src="//fonts.voxmedia.com/emoji/unicode/1f609.png" alt=":wink:" class="emoji">


Am I the only one looking forward to see the craziness between him and his one coach team?

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