Because the previous saying goes, fact is stranger than fiction. 2020, at each flip, has appeared to show that saying as legitimate. Working example, the UFC is ready to proceed operations subsequent month with Struggle Island. This has been confirmed by UFC President Dana White, who has been discussing the thought for a few months however has now confirmed that it’s certainly taking place, along with revealing the placement.
Taking to Twitter, Dana White revealed a quick teaser, extra of a movement poster, that incorporates a ring, generally often called the “Octagon.” It’s on a seaside with the waves crashing close by. The teaser reveals that the occasions can be happening on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The primary of 4 scheduled occasions in July is ready to happen on July 11. White had this to say about it.
“We’re actually simply going to Yas Island proper now to drag off these fights, as a result of the toughest factor to do proper now’s to get folks into the nation from different elements of the world. And we’re a real international enterprise; we’re the one ones which might be pulling off reside sports activities proper now. And if I proceed to do fights in the US, I am gonna burn out all my American expertise. So now we have Yas Island able to go; it is arrange.”
UFC 251 will happen on July 11 and can be accessible as a pay-per-view occasion. Additional occasions are dated for July 15, 18 and 25. Dana White, talking additional, elaborated on the thought of Struggle Island and the way it got here to be.
“We got here up with the thought of getting fights on ‘Struggle Island’ as a result of we would have liked a vacation spot to carry worldwide occasions… Abu Dhabi has been a tremendous location to carry fights over the previous 10 years, and it’s the good place for these occasions. The infrastructure we’re constructing can be such a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for the fighters that is by no means been carried out earlier than, from the world, the non-public coaching facility, and the Octagon on the island, it should be an expertise that none of us will ever neglect. I am unable to wait to ship superb fights from Yas island.”
Main sports activities might want to get artistic to renew safely in the intervening time, however that is really distinctive. Abu Dhabi can be making a “security zone” that stretches 10 sq. miles on the island to assist make sure the occasions can occur as safely as doable. The realm consists of the world and a lodge, in addition to eating and coaching amenities. UFC athletes, coaches, workers and different occasion personnel would be the solely ones allowed on this space.
UFC 251 will function fights between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns competing in the primary occasion. Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will tackle Max Holloway and Petr Yan will duke it out with Jose Aldo. Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade are additionally set for a battle, as are Paige VanZant and Amanda Ribas. This information was beforehand reported by CBS Sports activities.