Yesterday, UFC officials sent a memo out to all fighters and their teams, informing them of the new United States travel mandate that will require all international travelers to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 beginning Nov. 8. The memo also advised fighters that they will be required to show proof of vaccination, as well as pass a COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours prior to leaving the country.
Following the conclusion of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, UFC president Dana White spoke with media where he was asked about the new travel restrictions that will be put in place on Nov. 8.
“I don’t know how all of this nuttiness is going to play out but here we go, I think Fight Island is going to be hopping again,” said White at the post-fight press conference.
“We’re looking to do more events (in Abu Dhabi). I’m going to Abu Dhabi next Wednesday so I have a lot of meetings out there and I’ve been dying to walk you guys through what’s going on in Abu Dhabi anyway. So this trip I’ll get everything done and buttoned up and finished, and I’ll come back and walk you guys through it.”
White says he’ll likely be ready to make an official announcement in about two weeks, at UFC 268 in New York.
“Hopefully in New York (at UFC 268) I can announce to you guys what’s going on with Abu Dhabi.”
International fighters who are thinking about traveling to the U.S. prior to the deadline will be required to fill out a waiver.