The island will host four events, including the UFC 251 Pay Per View event, between July 11 and July 25.
To ensure it is a safe environment in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) will close the island of approximately 10 square miles (25 km), which will include the plaza, hotel, training facilities and restaurants.
Access to this “safety zone” will only be allowed for UFC athletes, their coaches, UFC employees and other event workers.
“Abu Dhabi has been a great site for fighting for the past ten years and is the ideal venue for these events.
“The infrastructure that we are building will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fighters that has not been done before – from the scene and the private training facility and from the eight on the island – it will be an unforgettable experience.”
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Since the coronavirus outbreak, White has made sure to host the battles as soon as possible.
However, to accommodate his international fighters who had fought to enter the United States due to travel restrictions, White was looking for an international venue.
UFC and Abu Dhabi have long had close ties, as Yas Island hosted its first event in 2010. Recently, UFC hosted 242 in September 2019, headed by a light battle between Khatib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Boyer.
“Abu Dhabi this year has successfully demonstrated its ability to deal with all challenges and enhance the welfare of its visitors and residents; today, we are here to showcase the best of our capital, and we look forward to opening our doors again to the world.”
UFC 251 will feature three championship matches, including a major battle between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns for a good weight title.
It will also feature a replay of badminton champion Alexander Vulkanowski against Max Holloway and Petr Yan against Jose Aldo for a UFC vacant title.