The UFC's Fight Island "safe zone" located on Yas Island in Abu Dahbi debuts July 11th with UFC 251. Here are all the answer to your questions about this martial arts paradise.
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing quarantine, UFC president Dana White had been planning on how he'd be able to continue having events despite growing concerns. As sports leagues across the world began to cancel seasons Dana White began work on a plan that would enable a safe zone for his fighters to continue events. Despite continued global restrictions. That dream will come true this weekend with the debut of Fight Island! Here are the answers to all the questions about the martial arts paradise you'll want to know!
The Hype Is Real<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="833f7d93d7c805a62d1201948c493aea"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/b6vt0-nHMt8?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>To top it off the arena debut will feature three championship fights with an epic late entry this week of <a href="https://blackbeltmag.com/ufc-251" target="_self">Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal</a> due to Gilbert Burns having to drop out of the originally planned match. </p>
Where is Fight Island?<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODQwOS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyODMyMzU3M30.OpTxRZSLsE68w_o87Hj8LpmTosZ9M9KLlUyrDpyGr9c/image.jpg?width=2000&coordinates=0%2C27%2C0%2C954&height=1500" id="c019f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d43f675809121680f1838c69ee1b01f0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="fan art of UFC Fight Island" />
Fan art by Deviant Art for Fight Island
How Will This Keep Fighters Safe?<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://blackbeltmag.com/media-library/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQzODUzNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMzY2MDk2M30.O93lT8nNnGq5Ia2TOA8C6FZAZRu55hwj8FJC8nSAX6w/image.jpg?width=980" id="3b28d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1e79169735ebec2099a1ed62a65d0e86" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Yas Island in Abu Dhabi to feature UFC's Fight Island" />
Yas Island which will feature UFC's Fight Island
What About The Facilities?<div id="3f686" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f959519d085cc9601eba0144bbbfc54e"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="1278072316044423173" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">The island preparations are underway! 🏝👀 #InAbuDhabi @VisitAbuDhabi #UFCFightIsland https://t.co/MJ0KWbNOJC</div> — UFC (@UFC)<a href="https://twitter.com/ufc/statuses/1278072316044423173">1593551160.0</a></blockquote></div><p>The facility has generated a rigorous plan for testing prior to the event. All people in attendance will have to travel from a designated hub airport. These will be primarily Las Vegas, Sao Poulo, London, and Moscow. Each person will have to complete a COVID test prior to leaving and quarantine overnight until test test results arrive. Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi they will again be tested for COVID and quarantined until their results come back negative. If they are positive they will be escorted to a designated hotel to await treatment or travel arrangements home.</p><blockquote style="margin-left: 20px;">This is going to be badass. It is going to be an incredible experience for all of us. <br>- Dana White</blockquote>
Map of Fight Island complex on Yas Island