FILE PHOTO: Dana White, president of Final Preventing Championship (UFC,) speaks about Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump on the Republican Nationwide Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Younger/File Photograph
(Reuters) – Final Preventing Championship (UFC) chief Dana White mentioned on Tuesday the blended martial arts promotion’s “Battle Island” was situated in Abu Dhabi and it’ll host 4 occasions subsequent month together with UFC 251.
White had mentioned in April that the UFC was near securing a personal island to stage bouts for worldwide fighters unable to enter america because of journey restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He mentioned Yas Island was being ready to host UFC 251 on July 11 and three Battle Evening occasions — on July 15, 18 and 25 — with all of the infrastructure wanted being arrange on the venue which is lower than a mile from the worldwide airport.
“Every little thing will occur on the island,” White mentioned on the UFC’s Fb web page. “No person will go away the island.
“They’re going to have their very own non-public coaching quarters the place folks can practice themselves.
“We actually do have an Octagon (for coaching) out within the sand. The infrastructure’s going to be unbelievable. The folks in Abu Dhabi do all the pieces proper.”
The three championship fights in UFC 251 will likely be headlined by the welterweight bout between challenger Gilbert Burns and champion Kamaru Usman.
The UFC postponed a number of occasions scheduled between March and Could because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has killed over 110,800 folks within the U.S.
The promotion resumed motion with out followers current on Could 9 in Florida.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Toby Davis