UFC president Dana White has promised “an experience that none of us will ever forget” after it was announced Yas Island in Abu Dhabi will host four of the organisation’s events next month.

White has been teasing staging some shows at a mystery ‘Fight Island’ for the last couple of months, even though the UFC has been able to hold five cards behind closed doors during the coronavirus pandemic.

All of them have taken place in the United States and a further three are scheduled to be held in Las Vegas this month, but the company is now preparing to head to the United Arab Emirates resort, which will produce UFC 251 on July 11 followed by three Fight Nights on July 15, 18 and 25.

It has been reported that UFC 251 will feature three title bouts, headlined by Kamaru Usman defending his welterweight crown against Gilbert Burns. Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski’s rematch against Max Holloway and Petr Yan versus Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight belt.

The announcement comes after a turbulent few weeks for the UFC with Conor McGregor announcing his retirement last Sunday.