Featuring a ‘War Room’, popcorn maker, candy station and personalised room service terminal…

UFC boss Dana White has landed in Abu Dhabi ahead of the Fight Island clashes, and his digs… Well, they’re a step up from the inside of an octagon.

On Saturday, January 16 the third installment of UFC Fight Island kicks off with a headline Featherweight clash between top-ranked Max Holloway and Fight Island returnee Calvin Kattar at Yas Island’s brand new Etihad Stadium.

It will be one of the first major sporting events in the capital, and pretty much anywhere else on the planet, to host spectators since the pandemic began.

A bout time

A second Fight Night is scheduled on Wednesday, January 20, and then on January 23, we get to see the long-awaited return of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor as he takes on former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier.

Tickets for some events are still available on the etihadarena.ae and ticketmaster.ae websites.

Room for activities

There’s no surprise about where the fight teams are staying for their affraycation. Since the first ‘safety bubble’ Fight Island, set up in July 2020, the brightest and best of the MMA world have dropped-anchor in the super luxurious, gloriously eccentric W Abu Dhabi — Yas Island.

W Abu Dhabi — Yas Island EWOW suite living room

But of course the top prize, in terms of room categories, has to go to the boss man, the charasmatic Mr Dana White. And he kindly gave us a tour around his EWOW suite on his social media channels.

Disclaimer — there’s a brief moment of strong language so sound off if you’re around those with sensitive ears.


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It comes with his own personalised room service terminal, a juicer, a long-tabled ‘War Room’, candy station, smoothie makers, cereal dispensary, epic windowscape and popcorn maker.

Proof if ever it were needed, tough guys eat gummy worms too.

You can book your own stay in W Abu Dhabi — Yas Island at marriott.com

Images: Provided/Instagram