There was a period of time where the idea of a private island being exclusively used for sanctioned mixed martial arts fights was a pipe dream. Even when that was the case, UFC president Dana White insisted that it would become a reality so that fights could continue through a global pandemic that had shut down sports throughout the entire globe.
Just months after that insistence, "Fight Island" looks closer than ever to becoming a reality. White posted a picture on his social media of an Octagon cage being built on an island, showing that the idea is starting to round into form in the real world.
The hashtag isn't meant to be Dana signaling excitement, it's meant to reference the specific island this is taking place on. Now, as close as this is to coming into fruition, the photo is of a training cage, on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, where the 'Fight Island' UFC fight cards will take place, with the actual events coming in an arena. Back when the official announcement for Fight Island was made, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi was designated as its location.
Fight Island's debut will occur for UFC 251, which is slated to take place on July 11. There's no word on how UFC intends to incorporate the term "UFSEA" into its advertising, but there's still plenty of time for that to happen. For context, back in late May, the LLC that owns UFC's trademarks filed one for "UFSEA," an idea that originally came from John Oliver making fun of the name "Fight Island."
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