UFC president Dana White has successfully made a comeback for professional mix-martial arts, he added three more fight nights under his belt and now he is into his other endeavor.
Last April, White disclosed that he will put up what he called a “Fight Island” to allow UFC to continuously give the public mix-martial arts bouts safely amidst the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
White announced on Tuesday that UFC’s “Fight Island” is now a reality, and it will be Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, said CNN.
According to the report, to ensure it is a safe environment during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Culture and Tourism for Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) will seal off the nearly 10-square-mile (25 km) island.
The island will include an arena, hotel, training facilities, and dining establishments.
In the island, which is considered a “safety zone,” will only be occupied by UFC athletes, their coaches, UFC staff, and other event personnel.
The island will host four events, including the pay-per-view event UFC 251, between July 11 and July 25, said CNN.
In a statement, Dana said, “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 ten 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,” he added.
UFC returned amidst the pandemic, on 9 May with featured interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje as the main event.
UFC suspended its fights last March due to the spread of the coronavirus.