UFC president Dana White unveiled the much-hyped location of the mythical Fight Island, Yas Island, which is a manmade island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. 🏝️
Equipped with a 10-square mile safety zone to prevent the spread of coronavirus, White said that the UFC-focused area will feature an arena, hotels, private training facilities, dining establishments, as well as an octagon on the beach.
As an extra precaution, the zone will "just be inhabited" by UFC athletes and their coaches, UFC staff and necessary event personnel and island employees.
Four total events are slated to go down on Fight Island, beginning with UFC 251 on pay-per-view on July 11. The next fight dates are July 15, July 18 and July 25.
On the UFC 251 ticket, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will take on Gilbert Burns in the main event as he looks to defend his title. UFC featherweight top dog Alexander Volkanovski will battle former champ, Max Holloway, in a co-main event rematch, and former featherweight Jose Aldo will fight Petr Yan for the bantamweight crown.
Yas Island (pronounced "Yaz" not "YASS") is an entertainment and tourism destination that plays host to the Yas Marina Circuit and its annual F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Plus, that bright red structure in the middle of the above cartoonish rendering is Ferrari Park, home of Formula Rossa, the world's fastest rollercoaster reaching 149 MPH.
When rumors of Fight Island first surfaced in April, many fans compared White to the Mortal Kombat character Shang Tsung, a powerful and evil boss who also has a private island meant for fighting.