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With UFC 251 on the horizon, UFC President Dana White talked about the importance of staging a major event on the company’s “Battle Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Saturday’s card will be the first of 4 on Yas Island this month.
Throughout an appearance on ESPN’s Very First Take, White called UFC 251 “substantial” and stated it was necessary for the business to hold shows internationally because it otherwise “would’ve burned out all of the American skill.”
He likewise explained a few of the logistics behind Fight Island.
UFC personnel are tested and quarantined in Las Vegas before flying to Abu Dhabi. Upon arriving, they’re transferred to their hotel, where they quarantine for another 48 hours. They’ll undergo routine testing leading up to the event.
White stated it needs to be “near difficult” to evaluate positive for COVID-19 in Abu Dhabi based upon the security policies put into place.
The UFC needed to rush for a new main event after Gilbert Burns tested favorable, requiring him to withdraw from his fight with Kamaru Usman. The promo worked rapidly to slot Jorge Masvidal into the bout.
Like every other significant sports league on the planet, the UFC stopped briefly operations in March due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic. It returned in May and held four occasions without fans at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. It has actually because used its Pinnacle training center in Las Vegas.
The next program on Fight Island after UFC 251 is on July15 A featherweight clash between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige is the headline bout. Frankie Edgar was initially expected to deal with Pedro Munhoz in the co-main occasion, however ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported Monday that Munhoz had actually checked positive for COVID-19