The Abu Dhabi government welcomes the idea of fans attending UFC 254. The event will take place in Yas Island, which the company turned into its very own “Fight Island.” The country’s Department of Culture and Tourism is currently trying to figure out a way to get fans safely inside the arena space, while still far away from the bubble.
- To curb the possible spread of COVID-19, UFC fighters, officials, and event staff were all placed in a “bubble” within the island, segregating them from outsiders.
- According to DCT marketing director Saeed Rashed Al Saeed, the plan still needs endorsement from other government authorities. He says a final OK will only come once there is a “foolproof” plan in place.
- The UFC has so far held 23 events over the last five months without a crowd. Their last fight card with fans was at UFC 248 in March at the T-Mobile in Las Vegas. Headlined by a middleweight title bout between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero, the sold-out event had an attendance of $15,077 with a live gate of $2.75m.
- UFC 254 will be headlined by a massive title fight between undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Justin Gaethje. It takes place on Oct. 24.