Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

UFC Fight Island returns to Abu Dhabi

UFC Fight Island returns to Abu Dhabi
September 28, 2020

The second edition of UFC’s Fight Island series was staged yesterday on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

Middleweight title bout UFC 253 between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa was the first in a five-event UFC series taking place at Yas Island’s Flash Forum, with the pre-fight face-off between Adesanya and Costa setting new records.

Following a hugely successful debut in July, the second instalment of UFC Fight Island has become the first time that two consecutive UFC numbered events (UFC 253 and UFC 254) will be held in the same city outside of the US city of Las Vegas. In addition, the face-off between the headline fighters before Sunday morning’s clash brokeg UFC viewership records online.

The video of Adesanya and Costa facing off is now the most shared video of all time on UFC’s Instagram account, becoming the most viewed face-off in UFC’s Instagram history, recording more than 7.6 million views, 1.5 million more than the face-off between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Connor McGregor in 2018.

Footage of the face-off has become the most viewed post on UFC Asia’s Facebook page with more than 8 million views. It has attracted more than 26 million views across all UFC social media accounts.

Fight Island has served as a hub for UFC fights involving international athletes, with all fighters and coaches tested for Coronavirus before entering the event's safe zone on Yas Island.

UFC 254 will take place on 24th October.

Image: Promotion for UFC’s Fight Island series on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

Related Articles

31st August 2020 - Abu Dhabi Government advances ‘safe zone’ concept for large scale events

25th August 2020 - Formula 1 adds Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Turkey to 2020 race calendar

28th July 2020 - ‘Dry’ attractions on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island set to reopen

24th July 2020 - UFC’s Abu Dhabi Fight Nights ‘absolutely a win’

11th July 2020 - UFC ready to launch ‘Fight Island’ project on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island

15th June 2020 - UFC’s ‘fight island’ concept to be staged in Abu Dhabi

21st May 2020 - Abu Dhabi Government launches safe and clean certification program

17th February 2020 - Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena to open in April

9th April 2020 - UFC President advises of plans to use island to host international MMA fights

26th February 2020 - Perth’s hosting of UFC event a major coup for Western Australia tourism

25th July 2019 - Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium to host UFC 243

28th January 2020 - Developer Miral considers further Yas Island attractions

30th April 2019 - Yas Island attractions secure multiple wins at World Travel Awards

26th October 2018 - Miral partners with Microsoft to transform Yas Island visitor experience

26th June 2018 - Abu Dhabi developers look for Yas Island to become top global leisure destination

11th July 2016 - Consortium buys UFC for US$4 billion


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

@leisure Planners

@leisure is a team of experienced leisure, aquatic and sports facility managers and planners, with market modelling, sports management, recreation planning, business and GIS qualifications. We have…

read more

Consultants

 
 

The Pool Enclosure Company

Now TPEC Pool Enclosures - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/tpec-pool-enclosures

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/hydrilla-pty-ltd

read more

Aquatics

 
 

iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Facility Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

Felton Industries

Felton Industries is Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture and has been supplying premium seating solutions for all sporting, commercial, community…

read more

Parks / Play / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Summit Fitness

Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

GREENEDESK

Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business