UFC President Dana White Officially Unveils 'Fight Island'
Dana White has officially confirmed that 'Fight Island' will take place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The UFC president has revealed that 'Fight Island' will stage four events in July, including the stacked UFC 251 on July 11.
The UFC have teamed up with the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) for a fight festival in July with the promotion set to roll out multiple events amid the global pandemic.
CONFIRMED! :island:@DanaWhite provides all the details for #UFCFightIsland which will be happening #InAbuDhabi. @VisitAbuDhabi pic.twitter.com/QjIVpmO0ru
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#UFCFightIsland starts July 11, 15, 18 and 25th YAS Island, Abu Dhabi #InAbuDhabi @VisitAbuDhabi pic.twitter.com/JGLioBhw4c
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Per the UFC statement: "To accommodate existing public health guidelines, DCT Abu Dhabi will create a safety zone within the nearly ten square mile (25 km2) Yas Island that will include an arena, hotel, training facilities, and dining establishments. This safety zone will only be open to UFC athletes and their coaches; UFC staff and other event personnel; and Yas Island employees who are necessary to ensure the operation of the facilities."
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HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: "Our partnership with the UFC, now in its second year, has proved to be one of our most successful ventures in recent years.
"Thanks to their commitment and cooperation, we are proud to announce that Abu Dhabi will host the first ever "Fight Island" event, marking the long-awaited return of UFC fights to the global stage."
He added: "We have worked closely with all government entities in Abu Dhabi to ensure that the staging of this historic event complies with the highest standards of safety for the athletes, coaches, and all UFC personnel as well as the safety of our community. This year, Abu Dhabi has successfully proven its ability to handle all challenges and promote the well-being of its visitors and residents; and today, we are here to showcase the best that our capital has to offer, as we look forward to opening our doors once again to the world."
White plans to live on the island for the whole month of July. He said: "We came up with the idea of having fights on 'Fight Island' because we needed a destination to hold international events during the global pandemic.
"Abu Dhabi has been an amazing location to hold fights over the past ten years and it is the perfect place for these events.
"The infrastructure we are building will be such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the fighters that's never been done before - from the arena, the private training facility, and the Octagon on the island - it's going to be an experience that none of us will ever forget. I can't wait to deliver amazing fights from Yas island."
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