Following UFC Vegas 17 last weekend, the UFC will have a three-week hiatus for the end of the year. 2020 started out great with huge Pay-Per-View events with the biggest stars the organization has to offer, then the global coronavirus pandemic hit and put sports on the backburner. Dana White and the UFC found a way to push through and became one of the only sporting organizations holding events. One solution they came up with was FIght Island. Now heading into 2021, the UFC will be returning to Fight Island with a monstrous one week run.
UFC is headed back to Fight Island pic.twitter.com/JowNDKYzJR
— Nicole Bosco 💎 (@NikBos) December 22, 2020
Fight Island has been the home of the UFC’s foreign athletes throughout the pandemic. Fight Island is actually Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The setup was built specifically for the UFC so that they could utilize this arena known as the Flash Forum throughout this time. A deal must have been made where the UFC will continue to use this facility from now on and since fans cannot attend events yet in the U.S. there may be no better place for the big cards than Abu Dhabi.
Rumors that the Flash Forum will begin to hold some fans on a restricted basis have been circulating. Most likely this will be guests of the people involved in the fights or celebrities. The events that draw the most eyes will be the ones to get this sort of spotlight treatment, and who else but Conor McGregor to be in the limelight.
The return will begin on Jan. 16 with the Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar card, then Jan 20 for a Wednesday event featuring Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev and finishing up with UFC 257 on Jan. 23: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor. This return was announced by Dana White on his Instagram page. It seems for the time being going forward the two locations of events will continue to be Las Vegas and the UFC APEX and Fight Island.