UFC have revealed all the fights that will be happening on Fight Island next month.
Dana White appeared on Facebook Live with commentator Jon Anik and revealed the headline fights for each card, as well as the entire undercard for each event too.
Fight Island events will take place on July 11th, July 15th, July 18th and July 25th on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
The organisation had already announced the entire July 11th card for UFC 251, where there will be 3 huge title fights on the main card.
They have now announced the on July 15th, Calvin Kattar will headline the card against Dan Ige in a Featherweight bout. Also on the card will be legendary Frankie Edgar’s Bantamweight debut as he takes on Pedro Munhoz, while Carla Esparza fights Marina Rodriguez. Abdul Razak Alhassan’s bout against Mounir Lazzez and Jared Gordon vs Chris Fishgold round off the main card.
3 days later, the Flyweight division will finally get a new Champion as Joseph Benavidez and Deivison Figuereido meet in a rematch. The two previously fought back in March in a fight for the title that Henry Cejudo had previously vacated, but Figuereido missed weight. That meant that he couldn’t win the belt and he proceeded to KO Benavidez in the second round to leave the division in limbo.
Also on the card, Jack Hermansson will fight former Middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum while Marc Diakiese will take on Rafael Fiziev in the Lightweight division. Ariane Lipski fights Luana Carolina and Alexandre Pantoja will clash with Askar Askarov in the Flyweight divisions to round off this card.
The following weekend, in the final event on Fight Island, the UFC are pulling no punches.
At middleweight, former champion Robert Whittaker will finally meet Darren Till in a fight with huge title implications. Till beat Gastelum in his middleweight debut and if he can beat Whittaker will surely be next in line for a title shot once Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa have settled their beef. If Whittaker wins though, he could move into a position for a rematch against Adesanya.
Also on the card, two legends will have their trilogy fight. ‘Shogun’ Rua will take on ‘Little’ Antonio Nogueira at light heavyweight, with both fighters currently having a win over the other. Then at heavyweight, Alexander Gustafsson comes out of retirement and moves up in weight to take on the legendary Fabricio Werdum. It will be the Swede’s first fight since he retired in 2019 after a submission defeat to Anthony Smith. ‘Cowboy’ Alex Oliveira will fight against Peter Sobotta and Danny Roberts against Nicolas Dalby rounds off a stacked card.
You can see the full card for each event below thanks to @ESPNMMA’s graphics.
When Kattar takes on Ige, I see it almost as a sacrifice for Kattar to get him to fight. While Dan Ige is supremely talented and by no means a pushover, he’s just not on Kattar’s level and I think ‘The Boston Finisher’ will add to his record and get another KO win on the books.
For the Flyweight title, it’s hard to see anything but a repeat of what happened in March. While Benavidez is a legend in the sport and one of the greatest fighters to never hold a UFC title, Figuereido showed in their first fight that he was powerful enough to knock him out and take the shots of his opponent too. Not much will have changed in just 4 months and I think Figuereido will be aware that he has the power to do so, so may even go for it early. Unfortunately, I think this will be 0-4 for Benavidez in Flyweight title fights.
As Till and Whittaker do battle, many eyes will be locked in – not least champion Israel Adesanya. This could be a genuine contender for fight of the summer with both men taking a striking-first approach to fighting. Both guys have been very vocal on Twitter, although it’s been all in good jest, and neither will want to have to deal with the other man’s taunts following a loss. Till is an excellent counter-striker and his karate stance makes him hard to hit, but Whittaker has tremendous footwork and great kicks which could help him land better. I think this one goes the distance and I’m going to tip my favour towards the Brit.