Fight Island in Abu Dhabi concludes Saturday with predominant occasion that includes Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Oct 21, 2020

Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island blended martial arts (MMA) competitors will end its newest rendition with a extremely anticipated bout on Saturday.

The Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) collection is a serious endeavor for the Emirati hospitality business that has been harm by the coronavirus pandemic.

Return to UFC Fight Island started on Yas Island on Sept. 26, after which there have been further fights each week. On Saturday, the collection will conclude with a match between the undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov and American Justin Gaethje. The first Fight Island occasion came about in July.

MMA is a fight sport the place opponents combat in a collection of timed rounds. The combat is gained both by knockout or by a judges’ choice on the finish. The US-based UFC is the premier league for the game.

Fight Island is an try to carry sporting occasions amid the continued coronavirus disaster. Only UFC fighters and workers, occasion staff and Yas Island employees are allowed to enter. Abu Dhabi authorities check with the a part of Yas Island internet hosting the combat as a protected zone. The roughly 4-square-mile (6-kilometer) space is locked down and surrounded by police checkpoints, in keeping with the Visit Abu Dhabi web site.

Fighters should additionally check unfavorable for COVID-19 earlier than coming to the island, in keeping with the UFC.

Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been main worldwide vacationer locations earlier than the pandemic. Dubai is at the moment welcoming worldwide guests, however Abu Dhabi stays largely closed to tourism. Many sectors of the financial system within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been harm this 12 months, notably through the strict lockdowns of the spring.

Saturday’s combat is of explicit curiosity to followers within the Middle East due to Nurmagomedov. The undefeated grappling and takedown specialist is from the autonomous Dagestan area of Russia. He is a religious Muslim and is thought for being open about his religion. Nurmagomedov fought on Yas Island earlier than when he defeated Justin Poirier in September 2019.

MMA is well-liked within the Middle East, and Fight Island’s begin at 10:00 p.m. Abu Dhabi time will make it simply watchable for followers within the area. Several fighters of Middle Eastern origin participated within the first Fight Island occasion in July.

The fights are going down throughout a traditionally excessive interval of every day COVID-19 instances within the UAE.