Feeling like a normal human being again at this point. Woke up around a. Breakfast was delivered promptly at 7 a. From an operations standpoint, we did receive some more information overnight in terms of what to expect with additional testing moving forward.
So that means on July 10, July 14, July 17 and July 24, anyone who is in the safe zone on those dates must be retested between 10 a. The following day, each person must check back in with officials between 2 p. I was really holding out hope that once the results of our second COVID test taken here in Abu Dhabi came back, we would be cleared of our quarantine. UFC officials have confirmed that the wristbands we need will be delivered to our rooms at 2 a.
GST local time, exactly 48 hours from when we arrived to our hotel in Abu Dhabi and took our first test. After that, I decided to try and get some sleep. In talking with a few fighters on the UFC card, as well as UFC staff, it seems like everyone has pretty much the same plan for this week: Stay on North American time as much as possible. GST local time and will wrap up around 9 a. GST local time. So I think most of us have ultimately decided to try and sleep during the day and work at night.
Additionally, all staff that will remain in the area and work the events have been quarantined in their hotel rooms since June 19!!! I did get a chance to do a little work this afternoon, speaking on the phone to both UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and former titleholder Max Holloway. Meanwhile, Volkanovski was humble but remained confident he can turn in a repeat performance of their December meeting and said really thinks he can finish Holloway this time around.
Its arrival might have been the highlight of my day, if for nothing other than the memories of the sugary orangeness it provides. I believe I have fully converted myself back to U.
Last night, I was incredibly excited about finishing up with quarantine and getting to leave my room for the first time since I arrived in Abu Dhabi. While I was waiting for the last 30 minutes or so to tick off the clock, I decide to open the door to my patio and take in a little fresh air. Now, in fairness, there is a warning sign on the door itself that gives very clear instructions not to leave the thing open for an extended amount of time.
Well, in a phenomenon I have honestly never heard of before, apparently rising humidity in the room will cause the smoke detector to set off. I was sure to record proof of my misfortune, but be aware the audio is incredibly annoying should you click on the video. I immediately slammed the door closed and cranked up the AC, assuming that would help, and after a few minutes, the alarm did shut off, and I went back to focusing on my exit from my room and my intention of going out to capture a few more images of the infamous beachside octagon, which I hoped would look sharp in the evening, or perhaps as the sun started to rise.
I kid you not, I spent a few hours just staring at the bottom door seal just hoping to see that damn thing slide through. Despite our unfortunate luck, I decided to stay up and check out the sunrise anyway, since it was scheduled today for a.
I must admit, as much as I do appreciate a nice full English, the black olives and cheese have become my favorite part of this morning routine. Just the right amount of saltiness and crisp bite from the olives, coupled with the rich creaminess of the soft cubed cheese? Really nice. I could see pairing perhaps a crisp Sauvignon Blanc with them to bring in a little sweetness at the finish. Good lord. This is now a foodie blog. The wristband was delivered at a. Back soon! Right on time, a bus pulled up, the gentleman helping us verified we had our wristbands on, and we hopped on the shuttle.
Inside the bus, things were set up just like the shuttle that took us from the airport when we arrived late Saturday night. Every other seat on the bus was labeled with a sticker advising not to sit adjacent to anyone else.
Additionally, the driver was protected by a full shield of plastic. Once on board, we let the driver know we wanted to head over to Yas Beach, where the octagon is located. To do that, he said, we first needed to go to Yas Links, an hole championship golf course.
As we made the drive down, we reached the edge of the safe zone, which is clearly marked by barriers. No one moves in and out of this area. Once we arrived to Yas Links, there was another checkpoint.
Again, just a few cones, but the driver stopped there, and another security guard boarded the bus and asked to view all of our wristbands before we proceeded. Once he had visual confirmation that we were OK, we drove toward the club house. This was the moment I had been waiting for. The nearby Flash Forum, formerly known as du Arena, will host the fights. It had to be the first visit once I was granted parole. The cage is on a sandy beach, there are waves rolling in throughout the day, and palm trees are indeed surrounding the area.
Palm trees nearby, as promised. Will fighters be training here? At 10 a. The canvas would burn your feet. Working against the cage would likely sear your skin. But it looks nice in the promos, and there are sure to be some photo ops over the next three weeks. After the morning adventures, it was time for an afternoon nap. Little did I know that while I was asleep, the UFC was plotting to change up the schedule, and in what I must admit was a very exciting way.
Tuesday night was supposed to be the start of our virtual media days in Abu Dhabi. Instead, they join a web conference, where media can ask questions, and the fighters offer up answers.
Now, that may be a little too much behind-the-scenes information, but I present it all to you to explain how amazing it was that today, we were granted out first in-person pre-fight interviews since UFC , way back in March.
I woke up to an email from UFC staff revealing the plans. Ige, meanwhile, will fight for the third time in the past four months alone.
Ige's level of activity is part of a calculated strategy to stay fresh and in shape should big opportunities present themselves. As Ige sees it, anyone in the top 10 is one to two wins away from a title shot at any point, which is why he believes an impressive upset of Kattar could catapult him to the very top given the uncertainty of the coronavirus quarantine.
Along with his willingness to test himself against the very best, the diminutive Ige believes it's his intangibles as a fighter which separate him from the others in the top 10 at pounds. I'm willing to dig deep in a dark room and go to a dark place. In order to drown your opponent, you have to be willing to drown too. I put everything on the line when I fight, I take big risks.
You are either all the way in or all the way out. I'm all in and I think that defines my fighting style. In one of the featured bouts, Jimmie Rivera takes on Cody Stamann in an important test at bantamweight.
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That's where the UFC needs to look when searching for Kattar's next opponent. He did the UFC a solid by agreeing to headline a Fight Night against a fighter well beneath him in the featherweight pecking order.
He's No. All except Holloway are rumored to be matched up with someone, so perhaps Kattar will have to wait a few weeks to find a match. But whomever it turns out to be, it needs to be a step up. Kattar has earned that. As for this night's opponent, Ige, I'd watch him fight Josh Emmett, but he's likely out a while because of injury.
Helwani: There was a lot to choose from Wednesday, as there were several strong finishes, but I really liked the strength Lerone Murphy showed in TKO'ing Ricardo Ramos from guard position in the first round of their fight. That was vicious stuff and not something you see every day. I think most people figured Murphy would want nothing to do with Ramos' guard, but he was undeterred and just bullied the Brazilian on the ground.
It was a very impressive finish for "The Miracle. Midway through Jojua's first round Wednesday, "She Wolf" coerced a submission. It created a visceral reaction. I was unable to look away and miss the conclusion while every natural urge feared I was about to witness a grotesque fracture.
Graciously, Jojua rolled it into a belly-down armbar to obstruct the worst visuals. Technical groundwork, commitment to a finish and the tinge of fear Jojua's handiwork stirred up are why hers was my favorite finish of the night. Raimondi: Lerone Murphy absolutely blasting Ricardo Ramos with vicious ground and pound. You don't see ground-and-pound finishes that much anymore, especially from guard. It's a lost art in many ways.
But Murphy landed some hammers that would make Mark Coleman proud. Ramos is a really talented fighter and was the favorite coming in. But Murphy, who performed well in a draw against Zubaira Tukhugov last year, got the better of him -- decisively. That was really impressive, and the undefeated Murphy seems like the real deal at featherweight, with several ways to win fights.
Wagenheim: I loved how Modestas Bukauskas used every last second before the horn to get the job done. With just 10 seconds remaining in Round 1 of their light heavyweight prelim, Andreas Michailidis shot for a takedown that could have swayed the judges' sentiment after a close first five minutes. Bukauskas remained upright against the cage, though, and with four seconds to go, he landed an elbow to the side of the head.
And another. In those final four seconds, Bukauskas managed to unload seven hard elbows. When the horn sounded, Michailidis slumped forward on hands and knees. When he sat up, he nearly fell over, and the ref waved off the fight. For Bukauskas, a year-old former Cage warriors champ, that sure was an impressive UFC debut -- or at least those four seconds were.
Helwani: That debut could not have gone any better for the highly touted prospect. The sentence contains offensive content. Cancel Submit. Your feedback will be reviewed. There's only one ticket so you'll have to fight it out between you. Decisions and deciding.
Let them fight it out. Translations of fight it out in Chinese Traditional.fight it out To argue, fight, or compete until an agreement or victory has been achieved. My husband and his brother have been fighting it out over who should inherit their parents' estate. The two juggernauts of boxing will fight it out this Saturday for the championship belt. See also: fight, out fight out To argue or fight until a resolution is.