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UFC 'Fight Island' said to be headed for Abu Dhabi

Announced by UFC President Dana White in April, the 'Fight Island' concept would see a private island be used to host international UFC fights

UFC 'Fight Island' said to be headed for Abu Dhabi

UFC President Dana White

The UFC’s highly publicised ‘Fight Island’ is set to take place in Abu Dhabi, according to media reports.

Announced by UFC President Dana White in April, the ‘Fight Island’ concept would see a private island be used to host international UFC fights, in which all the parties involved – including fighters, staff and judges – would be tested for Covid-19 ahead of time.

No spectators would be allowed at the location.

According to the Brazilian mixed martial arts website Combate, the ‘Fight Island’ events would be held in Abu Dhabi.

The website said that while at the moment travel restrictions mean that athletes and staff would be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, there are still less restrictions in place than in other locations.

Earlier this year, the UFC fighters were unable to travel to Jacksonville, Florida or Las Vegas for events.

No further details on the UFC’s plans in Abu Dhabi were revealead.

The UFC was last in the UAE in September for UFC 242, in which lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov successfully defended his title against American Dustin Poirier.

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