All of the major Las Vegas events have been completed for the UFC. Now, the promotion will be focusing on “Fight Island”, something UFC President Dana White can’t wait to share with the rest of the world.
“Fight Island” events will take place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The idea was to provide a platform for those unable to enter the United States for fights due to travel restrictions brought on by COVID-19. This week, White has shared details surrounding “Fight island” and what it took to secure a ten square mile section for only fighters, staff, and UFC personnel.
In a brief video, White showed that it took over 400,000 total man-hours and 350 tons of metal to create the venue in which fights will take place inside. It requires over 1,000 KW of power and the UFC’s venue covers over 650,000 square miles.
“This is the first look at the testing and infrastructure being built on Fight Island (Yas Island, Abu Dhabi). This experience is going to so BADASS for my fighters and my staff!!!”
There will be over 17 medical personnel to go along with three medical facilities. The UFC sent out new testing procedures that will take place before, during, and after (a new feature) the athletes compete on “Fight Island” in July. One of the new guidelines will be testing up to five times for COVID-19.
All testing and quarantine periods will range from 24-48-hour intervals under the “Bubble”, which will separate the UFC from outsiders. Testing phases on the island took place on June 15-24 according to the video. While fighters will be on the island, they will be able to go to the beach and a golf course, with social distancing being the main priority.
UFC 251 on July 11 will have a main event featuring Kamaru Usman defending the UFC Welterweight Title against Gilbert Burns. Alexander Volkanovski will defend the UFC Featherweight Championship in the co-main event against the man he beat for the title in Max Holloway. Finally, Jose Aldo and Petr Yan will fight to determine the new UFC Bantamweight Champion.
Other events taking place after UFC 251 on “Fight Island” will be on July 15, July 18, and July 25.