ABU DHABI has reportedly been revealed as the mystery location of the UFC Fight Island.
Dana White has been determined not to let the coronavirus pandemic stop his promotion for airing, holding events in Florida and Las Vegas.
But in a bid to fly in fighters who otherwise would not be able to travel due to the outbreak, White has worked to secure a private island to host fights.
And now Brazilian outlet Combate claim UFC will set up Fight Island in the United Arab Emirates capital city.
Abu Dhabi has over 200 islands, with the one due to be used by White expected to host events in a row between June 27 and the end of July. UFC president White is planning to live on the island for the whole of July.
The 50-year-old billionaire said ahead of tonight’s UFC 250: “People are very intrigued by 'Fight Island,' and I'm excited for it.
“Right now, we're looking at June, and we're literally gonna knock out three or four [events] in a month. And I'm gonna stay on the island for a month. I'll probably be there the whole month of July.”
And even if he still has not confirmed the location, he has vowed to let fans see exactly what he has built very shortly.
He continued: “I'll have pictures of the (Fight Island) infrastructure next week and have more details for everybody.”
Fight Island could kick off its events on June 27 with a lightweight headline bout between Dustin Poirier taking on Dan Hooker.
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However, White says UFC 251, slated for July 11, looks a more likely date.
White added: “Yeah, this is absolutely, positively happening. I've been saying June 27, but it's looking more like July 11.
“That's the first date that we're actually bringing in all the different guys from other parts of the world.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Poirier at UFC 242 last September when UAE last staged an event.