The UFC’s Combat Island is actual, and it is positioned within the Center East.
UFC president Dana White revealed to ESPN’s First Tackle Tuesday his mysterious Combat Island is positioned on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The island will assist the corporate promote a few of its worldwide athletes who’ve a tough time coming into the U.S. attributable to journey restrictions brought on by the coronavirus.
The UFC will host 4 occasions on Combat Island subsequent month, beginning with a UFC 251 pay-per-view on July 11. UFC Combat Night time playing cards will happen on July 15, July 18 and July 25.
The cardboard for UFC 251 is headlined by Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway for the featherweight title. The opposite major fights will probably be Kamaru Usman vs. Gilbert Burns for the welterweight title; Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo for the bantamweight title; Rose Namajunas vs. Jessican Andrade and Paige VanZant vs. Amanda Ribas.
The designated space of Yas Island that can make up Combat Island contains an area, resort, coaching services and eating institutions, per the UFC. It should additionally embody a “security zone” of 10 sq. miles, during which the one folks permitted will encompass athletes, coaches, UFC employees and restricted personnel.
A coaching Octagon will, in reality, be arrange on the seaside, as White claimed in a earlier interview with ESPN.
The corporate has sturdy ties to Abu Dhabi, and particularly Yas Island, relationship again its first dwell occasion there in 2010. Flash Leisure, an Abu Dhabi entity, as soon as held a 10 % stake within the UFC, previous to the corporate’s $four billion sale in 2016. The UFC has held three occasions at Yas Island, and simply signed a five-year deal to carry annual playing cards there in 2019.
The newest UFC occasion on Yas Island was UFC 242 final September, which was headlined by a light-weight title struggle between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier.
The UFC was pressured to postpone six scheduled occasions because of the coronavirus in March, April and Might, however has returned to a constant schedule since its return on Might 9 in Florida. The corporate promoted three occasions in a span of eight days in Florida, and has since promoted two extra during the last two weeks in Las Vegas.
White did additionally say on First Take that Stipe Miocic will struggle Daniel Cormier for a 3rd time Aug. 15, although a venue has not been established but. The pair break up their first two bouts.