Dana White says the ‘Fight Island’ infrastructure the UFC have been working on to host fights on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi will be second to none.
The UFC announced the much-discussed location earlier today, revealing throughout the month of July there will be four cards in three weeks on the Island, starting with a three title fight deep card on July 11.
“When this whole thing went down I was trying to figure out how we could do events,” White said, speaking to Laura Sanko. “So I started talking to different places and Abu Dhabi was open to it, but Abu Dhabi is one of the strictest places in the world right now with the whole Covid-19 thing, so they’re going to put us over at Yas Island.
“We’re building infrastructure over there, we have a whole plan on how this thing’s going to work. … Everything will happen on the island. Nobody will leave the island. Everything, training. [The fighters] are going to have their own private training quarters where they can train themselves. We really do have an Octagon out on the sand.
“The infrastructure is going to be unbelievable. When we go out there, the people in Abu Dhabi do everything right. Everything is first class. Everything is done beyond your belief.”
— UFC (@ufc) June 9, 2020
Per a press release from the UFC, plans are “to accommodate existing public health guidelines, DCT Abu Dhabi will create a safety zone within the nearly ten square mile (25 km2) Yas Island that will include an arena, hotel, training facilities, and dining establishments. This safety zone will only be open to UFC athletes and their coaches; UFC staff and other event personnel; and Yas Island employees who are necessary to ensure the operation of the facilities.”