UFC Fight Island: UFC 257 Gives a Huge Boost For Fans

Published 01/07/2021, 11:36 PM EST


The UFC is finally set to see the return of fans, albeit in a diminished capacity compared to earlier events. The world leader in MMA came in off the back of sold-out arenas but will observe a ‘limited number’ of fans. The last time there were fans in attendance at full scale was all the way back at UFC 248.

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Chiefly, the inclusion of fans will begin right from the UFC’s first event that is actually a triple-header week. UFC Fight Island 7 headlined by Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar will kick off the company’s return to form on Jan 16, 2021. An exciting mid-week card is also a stopping point for fans before heading off to UFC 257.

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Moreover, a huge reason for this decision can be attributed to the return of Conor McGregor at UFC 257. ‘The Notorious’ comes back out of retirement to square off against former interim champion Dustin Poirier in a grudge match. What’s more, the bout will steer the way towards the next man in line to contest for the undisputed championship.

UFC Fight Island: Back to basics

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The company will also be virtually opening up the door to the new Etihad Stadium, which has been frequently mentioned. The company used to operate out of the Flash Forum for their previous stints in 2020. However, with the New Year, it’s clear that the UFC is looking to add new looks for the new fans that McGregor brings in.

Chiefly, there has been great resistance by the UFC to entertain fans, unlike other mainstream sports. UFC President Dana White has vehemently pushed back against the notion of getting fans involved in the proceedings. However, like many anticipated, McGregor’s return to form would be the driving force to make that happen.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 07: Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 229 post fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The organization has done a good job of managing event proceedings thus far in tandem with the overseeing commission. Their strides have allowed them to make bolder decisions and continue to put on fights consistently. There exists some heated anticipation to watch fans once again witness some of the biggest moments in UFC history.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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