Dana White Teases 'Badass' Fight Island in Video Showcasing UFC's Preparations

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2020

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, UFC President Dana White speaks at a news conference in New York. UFC 249 has been canceled after ESPN and parent company Disney stopped White's plan to keep fighting amid the coronavirus pandemic. After defiantly vowing for weeks to maintain a regular schedule of fights, White announced the decision to cease competition Thursday, April 9, on ESPN, the UFC's broadcast partner. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)
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Having already revealed the location for UFC's Fight Island, president Dana White provided more details on where the company will hold four events in July.

White shared a video Tuesday that highlighted the infrastructure being set up on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

danawhite @danawhite

This is the first look at the testing and infrastructure being built on Fight Island (Yas Island, Abu Dhabi). This experience is going to so BADASS for my fighters and my staff!!! #InAbuDhabi @VisitAbuDhabi https://t.co/dog3eIhxxC

danawhite @danawhite

UFC Fight Island Part 2!! I can’t wait to get there. #YasIsland #InAbuDhabi @VisitAbuDhabi https://t.co/kDrwv2BzQG

During the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC has staged its shows without fans, first at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, and then at its Apex training facility in Las Vegas.

White first told TMZ in April he was looking to move the UFC's operations to a private island, where it could house fighters and stage major shows. Fight Island became a reality June 9.

UFC @ufc

CONFIRMED! 🏝 @DanaWhite provides all the details for #UFCFightIsland which will be happening #InAbuDhabi. @VisitAbuDhabi https://t.co/QjIVpmO0ru

UFC 251 on July 11 will be the first pay-per-view at Yas Island.

Kamaru Usman will put the UFC Welterweight Championship on the line against Gilbert Burns in the main event. In addition, Alexander Volkanovski will defend the featherweight title against Max Holloway.