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Dana White Posts First Picture Of Octagon On The Beach Ahead Of Fight Island

Dana White Posts First Picture Of Octagon On The Beach Ahead Of Fight Island

Dana White has shared a first picture of an Octagon on the beach as 'Fight Island' approaches.

In April, the UFC president revealed he had secured a private island that would allow the promotion to pump out fights on a weekly basis during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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He would later confirm the location to be Yas Island off Abu Dhabi, where UFC 242 was staged back in September. White had stated there would be an arena, training facilities, dining facilities and hotels for those competing and when he mentioned about an Octagon on the sand, he really wasn't lying.

It is worth noting, however, that this particular beach-based cage Octagon won't be in use for upcoming events and will instead be for training, promos and interviews.

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After UFC Vegas 4 was held at the UFC Apex facility last night, July 11 will see UFC 251 emanate from the UFC's very own version of 'Mortal Kombat'. And it's a seriously stacked card, with three huge title fights.

Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway will rematch for the featherweight title, Kamaru Usman will defend his welterweight belt against Gilbert Burns and Jose Aldo takes on Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight strap.

Image: PA
Image: PA

UFC aren't done there though, as three Fight Night cards will take place on July 15, July 18, and July 25 to continue to give fans their fight fix amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

It's inevitably not been an easy project to set up and White has already shed light on the many difficulties in making it happen.

Speaking on Hearn and Bellew Talk the Talk, White said: Let me tell you about Fight Island. Fight Island is so f****** expensive and so f***** crazy and almost impossible to pull off.

"You are talking about planes flying people in and the restrictions and you have to quarantine people.

"It's f***** insane to even be trying to do this but I promise you we will do it and we will pull it off. I believe in doing this is going to help grow the sport immensely and financially. In many different ways it is going to help build the sport. I know we can do it.

"Let me tell you how hard it is and how crazy the whole thing has been.

"While people have been laying in their f****** pools and enjoying the pandemic, I've been over here smoking my executive staff, burning these guys out. It's been crazy."

Topics: Fight Island, UFC News, MMA News, UFC, MMA

Josh Lawless

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