The athletes competing on “Battle Island” could have extra room to work.
In line with UFC chief working officer Lawrence Epstein through Yahoo, the UFC will make use of the bigger 30-foot octagon for all of the fights going down on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi beginning with UFC 251 subsequent week.
These days, the UFC has been utilizing a smaller 25-foot cage for reveals going down in Las Vegas on the APEX facility. That enviornment was arrange with a lighting construction particularly constructed with the 25-foot cage in thoughts, which is without doubt one of the causes that hasn’t modified with increasingly more occasions being held there.
There was quite a lot of debate these days in regards to the variety of finishes occurring within the smaller cage versus the bigger octagon. UFC President Dana White downplayed the concept the smaller cage in some way resulted in additional thrilling fights or finishes.
“Have been the fights in Jacksonville unhealthy?” White stated in June when requested in regards to the outcomes from the smaller cage. “They have been nice. It’s all an phantasm. It’s bullsh*t. It’s not true.”
There shall be a complete of 4 title fights held on “Battle Island” together with three bouts on UFC 251 in addition to a brand new flyweight champion being topped on the July 18 card.
Along with the bigger octagon getting used when the UFC kicks off 4 reveals in July, it seems there’s an opportunity a small group of VIP followers could also be in attendance.
Epstein stated there was the likelihood a couple of VIP friends could possibly be invited to attend the playing cards however the reveals wouldn’t be open to most people in any respect. If VIP friends have been invited, Epstein said that it will be lower than two dozen folks whole.
The UFC arrange in depth protocols for the entire fighters and their groups touring to Abu Dhabi beginning together with testing for COVID-19 in addition to non-public, chartered flights. The realm arrange for “Battle Island” shall be cordoned off for less than UFC personnel and workers together with media however nobody else shall be allowed into that space throughout the interval the place occasions shall be going down.
The primary “Battle Island” card kicks off on July 11 with UFC 251 following by reveals on July 15, July 18 and July 25.