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Alexander Volkanovski’s video blogs take us inside the strange ‘Fight Island’ quarantine zone

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Fighters are starting to arrive in Abu Dhabi for UFC 251 and Volkanovski is sharing the unique experience of passing through multiple quarantines on the way to “Fight Island.”

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Fight Island.

It’s captured the imagination of avid and casual mixed martial arts (MMA) fans alike, and other than a few photos (see it) shared by UFC President, Dana White, we still have no idea what exactly to expect. All that will change on July 11, 2020, when UFC 251 goes down on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, but for now we’ll have to do with glimpses shared by fighters over fight week.

Right now, though, no one is there. Chartered flights from America and Australia have landed in Abu Dhabi, but for now everyone who has landed is being kept in quarantine at a hotel before being brought to Yas Island.

Of course, there’s the standard “OMG!” nasal swab test videos coming up, and let’s just say U.A.E. doctors are making sure they get a real good sample from fighters if Amanda Ribas’ test is any indication.

Featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski and his team are also video blogging the whole experience and, boy oh boy, does it look trippy. Here’s part one, featuring his trip from Australia to Abu Dhabi:

And here’s part two, showing him training in the quarantine hotel surrounded by staff fully kitted out in complete PPE:

Volkanovski takes on Max Holloway in a rematch of their UFC 245 fight on Dec. 14, 2019, that saw the Australian former rugby player take the unanimous decision 50-45, 48-47, and 48-47 on the judges’ scorecards. If you just can’t wait to see the two tangle again this weekend, we gotchu fam.

Here’s the first fight for you to enjoy:

The first fight was so clear cut that we’re a bit shocked there was even an immediate rematch. What do you think, Maniacs? Was it just an off night for Holloway or is Volkanovski going to officially put an end to the “Blessed” era?