The UFC’s mysterious “Fight Island” is actually Yas Island, a popular tourist destination in Abu Dhabi where the mixed martial arts promotion will hold four shows in July. The UFC revealed the location Tuesday and announced a series of fan-free shows at Fight Island, starting with a card tentatively featuring three title fights at UFC 251 on July 11. UFC President Dana White made headlines at the start of the coronavirus pandemic when he announced plans to stage fights on an unnamed private island where the promotion wouldn’t face travel restrictions for fighters living outside the U.S. RICKY WILSON/STUFF Kiwi middleweight champion Israel Adesanya lashes out at the New Zealand media over their coverage of the UFC. While his description conjured up images of an exotic setting with an octagon lapped by waves amid palm trees on an isolated beach, White instead was taking the UFC back to ultramodern Abu Dhabi. The UFC has staged past fight cards — most recently in September — on the leisure island in the United Arab Emirates. READ MORE:Kiwi UFC stars tip triumphant return for Conor McGregor against Donald CerroneConor McGregor’s UFC retirement really a power struggle with president Dana WhiteRetired UFC star Conor McGregor under investigation… Read full this story
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