How Long Will The Next ‘Fight Island’ Series Last?
Needing to find an alternative for fights as the coronavirus pandemic took over the United States, UFC President Dana White decided to create something special. “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi was formed, and several fights have already taken place there.
This recent incarnation lasted only a few weeks. If White had his way, we could end up seeing a lot more “Fight Island” events.
“I told you guys we were going back to Abu Dhabi,” White stated to MMA Junkie. “I think this next run in Abu Dhabi will be five or six weeks.”
The conversation came up after it was rumored that Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa would fight on Yas Island. Adesanya is set to defend his UFC Middleweight Title against Costa at UFC 253 in September. White ended up not confirming whether or not the fight would take place there, even after teasing it in an interview with Complex.
After the UFC made appearances in Jacksonville, Florida, the promotion returned to Las Vegas where it hosted events inside the APEX Center. “Fight Island” came into place, where UFC 251 took place. On that night, three titles were on the line. Over the next few events, multiple champions were crowned, fighters retired, and great fights were produced.
As far as when “Fight Island” will be back online, White didn’t give a definitive answer. It appears that 2020 will not see the last of the location, however.
“I do (know the timeline for the UFC’s return), but when the time comes, I’ll announce it,” White went on to say.