Fight island location revealed as Abu Dhabi

For several months, the mystery of fight island has shrouded the UFC with two big questions. Would this crazy idea straight from a movie actually be possible and where is this island that would play host to the UFC’s international events. Well, the veil has been lifted slightly, as Combate has reported that the location is, in fact, Abu Dhabi.

Scheduled to host events from June 27th until the end of July, the octagon could find a home on one of Abu Dhabi’s 200+ islands. Dana White recently told the media, that July 11th is looking more realistic for the first event on the island. It seemed that this first event would be headlined by a lightweight contest between Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker, though as White said, this will likely now happen in the US. This means the July 11th date that’s pencilled in has no main event.

Other cards scheduled for fight island include UFC 251 that currently features bouts such as Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade 2 and Frankie Edgar’s bantamweight debut vs Pedro Munhoz; the card is yet to have a main event announced. In recent days, it has been reported that the July 25th card will be headlined by Robert Whittaker vs Darren Till and feature Alexander Gustafsson’s return and heavyweight debut as well as ‘Shogun’ Rua vs ‘Minotouro’ Nogueira 3.

Abu Dhabi played host to UFC 242 in September of last year where Khabib Nurmagomedov defended his lightweight title against Dustin Poirier. The event was not without issues, with a venue being put up at late notice and the temperature during the event causing problems.

Here is what Dana White had to say on fight island on the final episode of Eddie Hearn & Tony Bellew’s ‘Talk The Talk’ Podcast:

“Fight Island is so f* expensive and so f* crazy – and almost impossible to pull off.

“You’re talking about planes, flying people over, you have to quarantine people. It’s insane to be even trying to do this. But I promise you we will do it and we will pull it off.

“I believe that in doing this, it’s going to help grow the sport immensely. It’s going to help financially and in many different ways. I know we can do it.”

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