The UFC has returned to “Fight Island” to host three events this week including the promotion’s return to pay-per-view for UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2.
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In July last year, the promotion ventured away from its schedule in the United States and looked to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as a place to host events amid the pandemic.
UFC president Dana White initially suggested that the promotion had purchased a private island to host events and essentially bypass stricter COVID-19 rules and regulations back home, but eventually, it was revealed that “Fight Island” was instead Yas Island, an existing popular tourist destination in Abu Dhabi.
The UFC hosted four events on “Fight Island” in July 2020 at the open-air venue “du Arena,” before later returning to hold five more events from Sep 27 – Oct 24 there, as well.
This time, however, the UFC will be hosting events at Etihad Arena on Yas Island. The newly-built arena can seat up to 18,000 fans and will host up to 2,000 spectators for these first three events in January 2020.
Where is UFC Fight Island?
UFC Fight Island’s location is Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Yas Island is an entertainment destination and has been the home of the Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit since 2009. The island also features several theme parks, a golf course, beaches, malls, and more.
What fights are happening at UFC Fight Island?
- UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Kattar (Jan 16)
- UFC Fight Night Chiesa vs. Magny (Jan 21)
- UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 (Jan 23)
Are fans allowed at UFC Fight Island?
Around 2,000 spectators are allowed to attend the events at the newly built Etihad Arena at UFC Fight Island in January 2021.
Tickets for UFC 257 went on sale on Etihad Arena's website.
Prices ranged from $215 USD to $1,350 USD.
They are currently sold out.
Here are the COVID-19 measures being taken and the Terms of Entry: pic.twitter.com/3PE7qGoMKP
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) January 8, 2021
Can fans attend UFC 257?
Yes, the same spectator limit of 2,000 will apply to UFC 257 at Fight Island on Saturday, January 23.
According to a tweet from Aaron Bronsteter, UFC 257 ticket prices ranged from $215 USD to $1,350 USD.
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.