UFC announce 'triple header week' with Conor McGregor vs Poirier, Edwards and Max Holloway ALL in action on Fight Island12/22/2020
UFC president Dana White has announced the promotion's blockbuster return to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
The MMA leader will return to Yas Island in January, hosting three massive cards in the space of a week.
Kicking off proceedings on January 16 will be UFC Fight Night 184, a card headlined by a featherweight showdown between former champion Max Holloway and dark horse of the division Calvin Kattar.
On January 20, a welterweight war between Leon Edwards and Russian wrecking machine Khamzat Chimaev will headline UFC Fight Night 185.
The promotion's latest stint on Yas Island will come to an end on January 23, with the eagerly-anticipated lightweight rematch between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor headlining UFC 257.
Mixed martial arts fans across the globe have well and truly been spoiled by the UFC's third visit to Fight Island, which promises to be their biggest yet.
Fight Island, of course, was created by the UFC in order for their international athletes to be able to compete during the coronavirus pandemic.
The inaugural triple-header took place in July, with a stacked UFC 251 card kicking things off.
The promotion returned to the UAE in September, staging five shows – including two pay-per-view cards – in the space of a month.
Fight Island has been the shining light in what has otherwise been a difficult year for the UFC, who, like many other sporting organisations, have lost millions of pounds in revenue from a lack of ticket sales.
White recently claimed the UFC has enjoyed one of its most successful years, saying: "This year was a great year for us.
"We had a great year, great fights – business has never been better. I did an interview the other day with Dan Wetzel and walked through the business with him.
"And, basically, our business is up – we broke records this year in almost every category, except live gate.
"So 2020 was a horrible year in many ways for us personally and professionally, but it was a great year for the UFC.
“The first fight in Jacksonville, Florida, when no other sports were going, we had [Tony] Ferguson and [Justin] Gaethje.
It’s been a good run, and we’ve had nothing but great fights this whole year.
"It’s been a fun year of fights, considering everything being shut down and all the stuff that we went through this year.
"There’s been some good stuff and a lot of young talent that has emerged this year.”
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