“Battle Island” is, in actual fact, actual, but it surely received’t be what the web anticipated.
The collection of 4 occasions in 14 days taking place subsequent month on the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi will likely be a lot completely different than what many followers thought it might be. There was lots of thriller and anticipation across the unveiling of the “Battle Island” idea. which UFC president Dana White first teased in early March. White saved his playing cards near the vest all the way in which till the official announcement earlier within the week.
The shortage of particulars surrounding “Battle Island” throughout the weeks of buildup triggered the creativeness of the fight sports activities world. Many followers did suppose fights would occur in an octagon set on the seaside.
Sadly for followers anticipating such a fantasy, the occasions will likely be held in an area as an alternative.
“To start with, the lighting grid – you couldn’t put the lighting grid on a seaside,” White advised reporters Friday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “You can strive it; I don’t suppose it’s gonna end up very properly.
“I’m at all times afraid of the weather – wind, rain, all of the issues that may occur. I just like the consolation and security of an area. That’s what I’m into each single time we exit and do it. Pulling off what the fantasy of ‘Battle Island’ was is fairly powerful. And I believe it might appear to be sh*t on TV, too.”
The Abu Dhabi occasions had been designed to cater to worldwide fighters who’re unable to enter and compete within the U.S. throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The occasions kick off with UFC 251 on July 11, with subsequent exhibits scheduled for July 15, 18 and 25.
White is completely happy the UFC was capable of work with the Division of Tradition and Tourism of Abu Dhabi to safe the island to host occasions. The deal is separate from the one the UFC signed final 12 months earlier than UFC 242.
“It’s good,” White stated. “It’s an unbelievable factor that we’ve pulled off. They’ve this factor referred to as the security zone. It’s 10 sq. miles the place solely we exist on the island on the resort, eating places. Each fighter has their very own personal coaching facility. It’s gonna be a singular expertise. Very cool.”
White additionally stated fighters will likely be competing within the 30-foot full measurement octagon, in contrast to the fighters who’ve competed within the 25-foot octagon on the UFC Apex.