UFC President, Dana White, has huge plans for “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this summer.
“Fight Island” was unveiled on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It debuted on June 12, 2020, with UFC 251 headlined by Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal. The promotion returned for four three sets of events, concluding with UFC 257: “Poirier vs. McGregor 2” in Jan. 2021.
“I’m flying to Abu Dhabi this summer and working on finishing building out the infrastructure of Fight Island. Not only is Fight Island not going away, [but] Fight Island is going to be even bigger,” the UFC boss promised. “Fight Island is going to be so badass that it’s about to be this destination in Abu Dhabi for fight fans. This summer I’m going to announce it and walk everyone through what’s going on there. I’m super excited for that.”
Twelve events were held on “Fight Island” thus far, including UFC 251, UFC 253: “Adesanya vs. Costa,” UFC 254: “Khabib vs. Gaethje” and UFC 257, plus cards headlined by Max Holloway, Brian Ortega, Holly Holm, Robert Whittaker and Cory Sandhagen.
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