CHECK OUT: Dana White Offers A First Look At ‘Fight Island’
While everyone else is imagining what “Fight Island” is going to look like, UFC President Dana White is currently laying the foundations down for it.
White shared an image across social media that he is on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, the home site of “Fight Island” for the next few weeks of action. With a caption that says “Fight Island, Baby!” on Instagram, White is ready to launch the idea he came up with, which will be tested on July 11.
— danawhite (@danawhite) June 28, 2020
While White has stated there will be an octagon on the beach, this will not be where the actual fights will be. The “UFC Fight Island” facility will be hosting the fights, while the above photo will be used for training.
The promotion will be building a home base where athletes can eat, sleep, work out, and prepare for their upcoming bouts. Like other sports, there will be a type of “Bubble” blocking outsiders from the area; a ten square mile section for only fighters, staff, and UFC personnel. The UFC will also be undergoing new testing procedures for COVID-19 before, during, and after a fighter’s stay on the island. One of the new rules will be getting tested at least five times.
“Fight Island” will first be used with UFC 251 on July 11. The main event will be Kamaru Usman defending the UFC Welterweight Title against Gilbert Burns. The other two title fights will be Alexander Volkanovski v. Max Holloway in a rematch for the UFC Featherweight Title, and Petr Yan v. Jose Aldo for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship.
Following July 11, the UFC will return to “Fight Island” on July 15, 18, and 25.