The UFC’s Fight Island is real and is located in the Middle East.
UFC President Dana White announced on Tuesday to ESPN’s First Take that his mysterious Fight Island is on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The island will help the company promote some of its international athletes who have difficulty entering the United States due to travel restrictions caused by the corona virus.
The UFC will host four events on Fight Island next month, starting with a UFC 251 pay-per-view on July 11. UFC Fight Night tickets will take place on July 15th, 18th and 25th.
UFC 251 will include three championship matches, White said. A welterweight title fight between champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns will make headlines. On the map there will also be a featherweight title rematch between Alex Volkanovski and Max Holloway and Petr Yan, who will face Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight championship.
The designated area of Yas Island that makes up Fight Island includes an arena, hotel, training facilities, and restaurants, according to the UFC. It will also include a 10 square mile “security zone” that only allows athletes, coaches, UFC staff, and limited personnel.
A training octagon is actually being set up on the beach, as White claimed in an earlier interview with ESPN.
The company is closely associated with Abu Dhabi and especially Yas Island and dates back to its first live event in 2010. Flash Entertainment, a Abu Dhabi company, had a 10 percent stake in UFC prior to the company’s $ 4 billion annual sale in 2016. The UFC has held three events on Yas Island and has just signed a five-year contract to get there Hold 2019 annual passes.
The most recent UFC event on Yas Island was UFC 242 last September, led by an easy title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier.
The UFC was forced to postpone six scheduled events due to the corona virus in March, April, and May, but has returned to a unified schedule since returning to Florida on May 9. The company advertised three events in eight days in Florida and has since advertised two more in Las Vegas in the past two weeks.
White also told First Take that Stipe Miocic will fight Daniel Cormier for the third time on August 15, although no venue has yet been determined. The couple shared their first two fights.