DANA WHITE confirmed the UFC will return to Fight Island over another five weeks later this year.
MMA’s leading promotion were forced to move across to Abu Dhabi during the coronavirus pandemic having hosted events in Florida and then Las Vegas.
With travel restrictions into the US leaving only Stateside fighters available to compete, the UFC stationed themselves on Yas Island from July 11 and finished on the 25th.
Such was the success of Fight Island, which kicked off with Jorge Masvidal’s defeat against Kamaru Usman selling 1.3million pay-per-views, White will continue to stage fights there.
Not only are international fighters gunning to experience trip – so are the Octagon girls.
White told told TMZ: “Everybody wants to go there now.
“Octagon girls all wanna go there, everybody wants to go! We’re working on fights right now for the next run.
“Obviously, a lot of the big international stars will fight over there and s***, I mean, this next trip over there, I’ll probably end up being there for 5 weeks.”
UFC 252, headlined by the trilogy between heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier, is already pencilled in for Vegas.
But Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightweight unification against Justin Gaethje looks bound for the Middle East.
White already revealed he was looking for houses in Abu Dhabi, believing it will become overtake Vegas or New York as the leader for Fight Nights.
He said: “I’m telling you right now, Abu Dhabi is gonna become the fight capital of the world. Place is gonna end up being the fight capital of the world.
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“The stuff that we’re doing over there, the infrastructure that’s already been built, the stuff that we’re talking about doing, this place is gonna be a destination.’
“If you are a fight fan, everybody wants to come to Fight Island man. You know? Because it’s f*****g cool!
“It’s fun and it’s a really unique experience right now with all this weirdness that’s going on in the world.”