UFC: Plans in place for fans to attend Fight Island events in Abu Dhabi

“That’s what gives us that confidence to go ahead, even when there is that chatter and concern of: ‘What if this happens or what if that happens?’ Because we have all of these contingencies. 

“But we’re not alone in this operation; as the Department of Culture & Tourism in Abu Dhabi, we have one mandate that spans across multiple pillars, but at the end of the day, we have to work with our partners. 

“We have to work with our partners at the Department of Health, at the Abu Dhabi Police, the Civil Defence, the other partners involved in the tourism and hospitality ecosystem. But we also have to work with other authorities that deal with the pandemic specifically.   

“So the plan that we’ve put in place, we’re confident about. But it still needs to be endorsed, signed off and approved by all of these entities involved, to make sure that everyone’s happy – because if just one person vetoes it, it’s not gonna happen. Obviously there’s a logical reason for that.”

Abu Dhabi previously held UFC events in 2010 and 2014, and most recently – until Fight Island was established – last September, when Nurmagomedov successfully defended his title against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 242.

That card was the first under a five-year contract struck between Abu Dhabi and the UFC.

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