Fight Island

UFC’s Fight Island is Finally a Reality

  • Alexander Volkanovski
  • Dana White
  • Fight Island
  • Gilbert Burns
  • Jose Aldo
  • Kamaru Usman
  • Max Hollway
  • Petr Yan
  • UFC
  • UFC 251
  • Yas island
By Benjamin Saxton July 2, 2020 0 Comment
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FIGHT ISLAND unveiled on July 11th, 2020 at UFC251

Let’s just be real for a moment, 2020 has not gone according to plan. The world has been dealing with a global lockdown, fighting a pandemic, protests, riots, and a political dumpster fire.  Thousands of business’s on the brink of closing, hospital’s not allowing dads to go see their newborns, can’t bury your spouse, and of course, no sports.

We saw the Kansas City Chiefs win the Superbowl and after that, all hell broke loose. NHL shutdown, NBA shutdown, MARCH MADNESS even canceled. MARCH Fricken Madness! If you had planned anything from March to June it was canceled.

UFC was the only one

We live in a world where there is always something going on. Our society always has us rushing from one thing to the next. Our attention spans have dwindled and our focus has shrunk.

With all the major sports shut down, there was only one organization that continued to fight. That was Dana White and the UFC. Like him or hate him, White worked his butt off to get the UFC live for the world to see.

The UFC had to cancel a few events but still tried hard to keep its prized PPV UFC 249 going. You see, while everything was closed and without live sports on television, the UFC was the only organization pushing forward.

Dana White was working through every roadblock that came his way. Once the federal government banned international travel, and large groups, everyone thought that was it.

Not Dana White though. When others thought it was over and zigged, he would zag. No one knew the extent and things Dana had prepared for. With everything fighting against him, he still found a way to have UFC 249.

If you don’t know, let me tell you. He was going to have it on a tribal reservation. This was outside the Federal government’s purview, and he could legally do it. It wasn’t over until top executives from Disney and ESPN  asked him to shut it down. It got so bad during his search for a location that he was looking at buying or renting a private island to hold fights.

Fight Island is built

Dana White brought the thought of a private fight island to fruition. It will be located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

Per the video provided by Dana White, there will be 3 medical facilities on-site with 17 medical professionals, fighters will go through 5 rounds of tests before their fight. It took 400,000 hours of labor to construct this fighting work of art.

We also see an Octagon on the beach. I would pay some serious money to be ringside. Since it’s in Abu Dhabi I probably would have to sell both kidneys and those of my next five future children to afford it.

Could you imagine though, after COVID is behind us? Standing on the beach having a drink watching some of the best athletes in the world fight it out. Sign me up for that.

The UFC has over 90 fighters flying in from all around the world for a month of fights. UFC 251 will kick us off on Fight Island staring not one, two, but three title fights. The main event is between Kamaru Usman (C) vs Gilbert Burns, and Co-main events are Alexander Volkanovski (C) vs Max Hollway 2, and finally Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo. (See my previous article about Jose Aldo)

The fact that we’re here is truly amazing. We have live sports and some sense of normalcy. I can’t wait for this event and the future this island represents.

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