The UFC’s “Fight Island” confirmed in Abu Dhabi

But two months ahead, and he achieved the unthinkable. White announced Tuesday UFC “Fight Island” will be Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Four events will be held on the island, including pay-per-view UFC 251, between July 11 and 25.

To ensure a safe environment in the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) will seal nearly 25 kilometers of the 10-square-kilometer island, which will include an arena, hotel, training rooms and dining rooms.

Only UFC athletes, their coaches, UFC staff and other event staff will be allowed to enter this “safety zone”.

The fighters will stay and train on the island, with White saying that the fighting would take place in the “Eight in the Sand.”
“We came up with the idea to fight on‘ Fight Island ’because we needed a destination to hold international events during the global pandemic,” he said. He said in a statement.

“Abu Dhabi has been an amazing place to hold fights for the last ten years and is the perfect place for these events.

“The infrastructure we’re building will be an opportunity for fighters like never before – from the arena, private training and the Octagon on the island – it will be an experience none of us will forget.”

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Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, White has wanted to host the fighting as soon as possible.

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After being forced to postpone six scheduled events, the UFC has returned according to a consistent schedule from May 9, holding three events in Florida and two more in Las Vegas.

However, in order to receive his international fighters who were struggling to enter the United States due to travel restrictions, White set out in search of an international place.

The UFC and Abu Dhabi have been in a close relationship for a long time, and Yas Island was the first host in 2010. He recently hosted UFC 242 in September 2019, under the title of an easy title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier.

“We have worked closely with all government entities in Abu Dhabi to ensure that this historic event is in line with the highest safety standards for athletes, coaches and all UFC staff, as well as the safety of our community,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, President. DCT in Abu Dhabi, He said.
Workers are renovating the octagon in UFC APEX, the UFC arena.

“This year Abu Dhabi has successfully proven its ability to cope with all challenges and promote the well-being of its visitors and residents; and today we are here to show the best our capital has to offer, as we look forward to opening our doors once again to the world. “

UFC 251 will play three championship fights, including a head-to-head fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns for the middleweight title.

There will also be a draw by champions Alexander Volkanovsky against Max Holloway and Petr Yan against Jose Aldo for an empty UFC spot in the length of the weights.

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