We are just under two weeks away from UFC 251: “Usman vs Burns”, the first “Fight Island” event scheduled to end on July 11, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Shortly after the dust settles from this PPV – which will include a trio of title fights – the promotion will immediately return with events on July 15, July 18 and then July 25.
And while some of you were expecting (or maybe even hoping for) a simple octagon setup on the beach (a bit like that), it’s a little more complex than that. In fact, the promotion has spared no expense on the infrastructure that will make it possible to achieve the enormous feat in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UFC President Dana White recently posted a few videos on social media outlining all the manpower, equipment and money needed to conquer an island during an entire month of fighting .
Click on play in the integrated video player above to see part 1, and part 2 is below for your viewing pleasure:
Recently, the promotion published is strict security protocols and guidelines to be followed by all fighters, personnel, camps and even the media while on the island to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Once the last event is over, the promotion will return to Las Vegas for another full list of events starting with the Fight Night “Holm vs Aldana” card on August 1. But in case we see more blockages around the world due to COVID -19, the promotion could very well make another trip to “Fight Island” later in the year.
For now, click here to see the full UFC 251 combat map: “Usman vs Burns”, and click here to see the rest of the bouts lined up for the entire month of July.