Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is to be transformed into UFC’s very own Fight Island it was announced yesterday.
Back in April, the organization’s bosses released a statement saying that they were working on securing a private island location to hold the next round of bouts, and it’s set to be right here in the Capital.
Now deemed safe after following close Covid-19 guidelines, the sport is calling the series of four events ‘Fight Island’. That exact island is none other than Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.
The sports chief Dana White has confirmed that the line-up of events next month including the much anticipated UFC 251 which will take place on 11th July and the three Fight Night events will be on 15th, 18th and 25th July.
“Everything will happen on the island,” White said in a statement on the official UFC Facebook page. “Nobody will leave the island. They’re going to have their own private training quarters where people can train themselves.”
Yas Island is in full swing for the preparations including the infrastructure needed to pull this large scale sporting comeback off seamlessly. This includes the creation of a specially dedicated safety zone for teams, coaches, and service staff to move around in to ensure the event complies with public health guidelines related to limiting the spread of coronavirus.
White went on to explain: “We really do have an Octagon [for training] out in the sand. The infrastructure’s going to be unbelievable. The people in Abu Dhabi do everything right.”
“We came up with the idea of having fights on Fight Island because we needed a destination to hold international events during the global pandemic. Abu Dhabi has been an amazing location to hold fights over the past 10 years and it is the perfect place for these events.”
“The infrastructure we are building will be such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the fighters that’s never been done before – from the arena, the private training facility, and the Octagon on the island – it’s going to be an experience that none of us will ever forget.”
Champion Kamaru Usman will take on Gilbert Burns in the three championship fights in UFC 251 in the welterweight face-off we have all been waiting for.