Why is UFC still doing Fight Island?

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  1. markys00 Silver Belt

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    I looked around, but found nothing...

    Why is Ufc still doing Performance Center and Fight Island? I just checked and Bellator is doing shows in Connecticut, Italy, France, etc....

    Have places lifted these bans already? If so, why is the UFC doing only those two locations? The whole point was that they wanted places to go and fight, now they can do it anywhere. I'm guessing its that sweet sweet oil money, eh?

    Anyone interested to see if they start spreading out locations again?
     
  2. Kdup Brown Belt

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    Because the Rich moslem royalty there wants ufc attention and events there. Dana is an Imam now, he and Matt Serra are ambassadors to the royalty.
     
  3. gotBooched maximus entertainus

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    Not sure but if I had to guess the UAE makes it very lucrative
     
  4. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Because they get free accommodations at and have a good deal worked out for the venue. It has to do with the owners feeling it attracts tourism.

    It’s essentially a dream set up from what’s been described by the fighters, and it’s an international location. I’m not sure what the status of the travel ban is in the us, but it seems Card’s in the USA are still strictly US fighters, and I know originally fights island was the only opportunity for international fighters
     
  5. Mad Dollar Blue Belt

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    It’s about the money! If the oil money keeps flowing then the ufc will stay around for a while
     
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  6. DarkneT Khamzat sucks Platinum Member

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    Who cares? I quite like it in Dubai,
    Less pullouts due to rona
     
  7. markys00 Silver Belt

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    Did u read my post? Bellator is doing shows in various other countries now.
     
  8. markys00 Silver Belt

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    u cared enough to come in and post.
     
  9. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Did you read my post? UAE is making the venue fees, hotel costs, food, everything on the house, and is likely paying the ufc as well.
     
  10. Can’t Handle My Riddum Blue Belt

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    Which is utterly pointless if you can’t fill these arenas with fans.

    The whole purpose of different locations is the gate money. No gate, then you run it in the Apex because you’ve got that figured out and on Fight Island for international fighters because you’ve got that figured out.
     
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    These are two bubbles we are talking about here. And at this time that is still the best and most responsible way of hosting sporting events. And they still have people pulling out of every event due to covid.

    And I wouldn’t spend my money to be sitting in a crowd of irresponsible drunks at this point in time. I wouldn’t even attend a fully attended event for free. I value my health, and the health of my family higher than that.
     
  12. DarkneT Khamzat sucks Platinum Member

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    Shut up you fucking nob
     
  13. RockyLockridge Silver Belt

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    because it's easier to get to UAE for people outside of the states


    did you miss the part about free accomendations and safey for the fighters and staff?

    And not just "free" accommodations, supposedly the highest ends of accommodations and services available on the planet earth FOR FREE.
     
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  14. markys00 Silver Belt

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    I think we found the answer. money and logistics. i guess ufc is big enough that they dont need to travel at this point. they found a spot for international fighter and theyre good with it.

    fair enough. case closed.
     
  15. markys00 Silver Belt

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    again, bellator is hosting events in several different countries with americans on it.
     
  16. Mesos Brown Belt

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    A few different reasons

    1. Fight Island is one of safest places to hold fights because its closed off to public only for UFC. Shit ton of safety and testing measures.

    2. The royal family is basically paying for everything because they like to associate with UFC get more tourism attention.

    3. Internationally travel is still weird so not every fighter would be able to fight in states but most can do Fight Island.


    Just makes a lot of sense
     
  17. Blayt7hh Steel Belt

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    Might as well keep doing it for now. The second wave is coming and a lot of restrictions are going right beck into place this winter
     
  18. capnlarge Silver Belt

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    They did a bunch of events there before Rona as well.

    Personally, I think the venue looks cool. A crowd of sultans and oil magnates is much better than cardboard cutout fans, or zoom fans
     
  19. Azure Sherdogology PhD.

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    I believe there are still issues with people entering the US to fight.
     
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    That was actually pretty good (well imo).
     
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