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UFC is running a series of four events at a private island campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, dubbed UFC Fight Island.
Holding the events at a private destination enables UFC to implement ideal safety measures against COVID-19 and allows international fighters to circumvent travel restrictions and visa issues.
The final Fight Island event for July will be UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till on July 25, though it's possible that additional Fight Island matches could be scheduled in the future.
You can stream all UFC Fight Island matches live on ESPN+, and some of the action will also be available on the ESPN cable channel.
UFC has set up shop on Yas Island, a tourist destination in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for a month-long series of events dubbed UFC Fight Island.
While UFC has already held events in Las Vegas and Jacksonville since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States in March, moving the competition to a private island in Abu Dhabi will help international fighters circumvent travel and visa restrictions.
A total of four UFC events are scheduled to take place on Fight Island through July 25 before the league returns to the UFC Apex in Las Vegas in August. However, UFC President Dana White told the Associated Press that UFC could return to Yas Island for more events later this year.
The UFC campus spans six square miles and includes training and medical facilities for fighters and staff. Fans will not be in attendance for UFC 251 or any other UFC Fight Island events due to the pandemic. According to the AP, about 2,000 people are working under UFC's Fight Island quarantine bubble.
White shared a video showing a map of the facility and the precautions needed to get Fight Island up and running. UFC has implemented at least 18 different safety precautions during the pandemic, including advanced medical screenings, regular testing, temperature checks, and social distancing guidelines.
All four events will be streamed live on ESPN+, which costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. The main event of UFC 251, which featured this month's highest profile matches, cost an additional $64.99 to watch.
You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile devices and smart TVs, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung products, and more.
Below, we've detailed all of the events happening on UFC Fight Island this month, and how you can watch.
Updated on 7/24/2020 by Kevin Webb: We've revised this article to include results for UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez.
July 11 — UFC 251
Kamaru Usman successfully defended the welterweight championship against 2019 Fighter of the Year Jorge Masvidal; while featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski retained his belt after a controversial split-decision in his rematch against Max Holloway.
The night marked Usman's third title defense and marks a 16-fight win streak for the Nigerian fighter. Usman's next opponent is expected to be top-ranked welterweight contender Gilbert Burns. Masvidal replaced Burns in the main event of UFC 251 with just six days notice after Burns tested positive for COVID-19.
July 15 — UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige
Featherweight Calvin Kattar prevailed over Dan Ige in the main event of this UFC Fight Night event, with Kattar striking Ige more than 70 times in the face on his way to a win by decision.
Mounir Lazzez exchanged more than 160 blows while defeating Abdul Razak Alhassan in a three-round decision that included an impressive flying knee.
July 18 — UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez
Deiveson Figueiredo claimed the vacant UFC Flyweight championship in a rematch against Joseph Benavidez during the July 18 Fight Night at UFC Fight Island. Figueiredo won a February 29 match against Benavidez via TKO, but he weighed in at 127.5lbs, making him ineligible to become the flyweight champion at the time.
Figueiredo scored another decisive victory over Benavidez on Fight Island, forcing a submission at the close of the fight's first round.
July 25 — UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till
Top middleweight contender Robert Whittaker returns to the ring against fifth-ranked Darren Till in the most jam-packed fight card of the month. The match will be Whittaker's first fight since losing the middleweight championship to Israel Adesanya in October 2019.
UFC currently has 15 fights scheduled for the evening, with the action kicking off at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN+.
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Retired US Army Gen. Russel Honoré, the three-star general who commanded the military's response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, sharply criticized the Department of Homeland Security for wearing military uniforms.
"That uniform represents the cloth of our nation for people who don't draw overtime, who serve around the world at the direction of the national command authority," Honoré said to MSNBC.
The optics of federal agents, who wore US Army uniforms in crackdowns on protesters, have concerned top Pentagon officials and lawmakers. Some armed activists have also worn pieces of the Army's uniform or carried with them military-style gear to protests, making it even more difficult to differentiate civilians from law enforcement.
"Federal agents who are wearing camouflage in our streets and carrying out the orders of our corrupt president against Americans obviously have no understanding of our military's most basic values — to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States," Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, a former US Marine Corps infantry officer, told Insider.
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Retired US Army Gen. Russel Honoré, the three-star general who commanded the military's and Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, sharply criticized the Department of Homeland Security's controversial methods to quell to the ongoing protests in Portland, Oregon.
Several members of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, which operates under the DHS, wore the US Army's camouflage uniform as they patrolled Portland's streets last week in a mission officials said was to protect federal buildings that were vandalized by demonstrators.
The CBP agents, who were also kitted with the same woodland camouflage uniforms US troops wear in combat, were shown in numerous videos and pictures detaining and beating demonstrators. One video uploaded to social media channels showed an individual suspected of assault or property destruction being whisked away in an unmarked minivan, prompting state and congressional leaders to demand an investigation.
"That uniform represents the cloth of our nation for people who don't draw overtime, who serve around the world at the direction of the national command authority," Honoré said to MSNBC on Tuesday. "And is not to be used as an instrument of protest suppression."
"That uniform is designed to blend into terrain, not to make you look like a warrior," Honoré added, referring to the distinct woodland camouflage pattern designed to obscure troops' outlines in battlegrounds like Afghanistan. "They're wearing these uniforms as a function of intimidation to look like warriors."
'Get the hell out of our uniforms'
Following President Donald Trump's decision to broaden the duties of federal agencies to curb the protests across the country, specialized federal law enforcement units have been given paramilitary-like roles to suppress demonstrators.
Federal agents from agencies like the CBP's immediate-response force, also known as the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), were mobilized in an effort to protect federal buildings, despite resistance from state and local leaders. These units and other federal law enforcement agencies often wear the US Army's camouflage uniform — BORTAC in particular has deployed to austere environments in the past, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
But concerns have grown as pictures of the uniformed personnel in Portland beating protesters with batons were widely publicized amid the federalized crackdown. The optics of the federal agents, who were confused with US service members, have concerned top Pentagon officials due to its implication.
US Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, previously highlighted his concerns, saying there needs to be clear "visual distinction" between the two organizations.
"You want a clear definition between that which is military and that which is police, in my view," Milley said during a congressional hearing earlier in July. "Because when you start introducing the military, you're talking about a different level of effort there."
Gen. Honoré likened the federal agents' actions against protesters as a "lawless group" who were "literally beating them with batons."
"Police don't do this, what kind of bull---- is this," Honoré said. "Get the hell out of our uniforms."
The DHS and CBP have disputed the suggestion that their agents at the scene were unidentifiable "masked stormtroopers."
CBP commissioner Mark Morgan on Tuesday pointed out that his agents wore patches to identify their agency, and that "it is offensive to refer to these dedicated men and women that are out there as law enforcement professionals."
Examples of their patches worn on their uniforms or protective vests include a unique string of numbers and letters for internal purposes; a distinct "POLICE" velcro patch; or the CBP's own logo.
But both the Army's uniforms and law enforcement patches are also available for purchase online by the general public, fueling concerns that a renegade group would be able to mimic the same tactics used by the federal agents — particularly in the scenario with unmarked minivans seen in recent videos.
And for many observers, including seasoned US service members and civil-rights groups, the visibility of the patches are often overshadowed by the military uniforms or even obscured by the fog of war during a time of crisis.
Members of specialized response teams, such as BORTAC, previously wore distinct uniforms depending on their location and circumstance. BORTAC members wore an olive-green uniform, without a camouflage pattern, that is currently worn by ordinary Border Patrol officers.
More patches, more confusion.
Several people have already been arrested after they were accused of posing as members of the military and law enforcement during the George Floyd protests.
In Los Angeles, Gregory Wong was taken into custody after he wore similar attire to a National Guard member ABC7 reported, citing sources. Wong, who was armed with an AR-15-type rifle and a pistol, was spotted by actual National Guard members after he fell into formation with them, the outlet said.
At a protest in Las Vegas, Zachary Sanns was charged with false impersonation of a federal officer, according to 8 News Now. Prosecutors reportedly said he stood on alongside police officers while armed with an AR-15-type rifle and wearing tactical gear.
Other activists, such as members of the Boogaloo movement, have also worn pieces of the Army's uniform or carried with them military-style gear to the same protests throughout the country — adding to the confusion in identifying actual law enforcement agents from others groups.
Members of movements like the Boogaloo and the Three Percenters militia often wear several velcro patches on their outfits in a similar arrangement to that of active-duty US service members, making themselves difficult to identify for those unfamiliar with military customs and regulations.
Some of these visibly armed activists also wear the same specialty patches worn by US troops upon completion of the military's specialty schools, such as the US Army's Airborne or Ranger School, likely in reference to their past achievements if they previously served in the military.
A Pentagon spokesman on Tuesday echoed Gen. Milley's view and said Defense Secretary Mark Esper has made the Trump administration aware of his concerns with the appropriation of the US military's uniforms.
"We saw this take place back in June, when there were some law enforcement that wore uniforms that make them appear military," Defense Department spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said to reporters, referencing the George Floyd protests throughout the country earlier this year.
"The secretary has a expressed a concern of this within the administration, that we want a system where people can tell the difference," he added.
Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, a former US Marine Corps infantry officer, questioned the presence of camouflage uniforms on urban streets and likened it to "the president's secret police."
"Federal agents who are wearing camouflage in our streets and carrying out the orders of our corrupt president against Americans obviously have no understanding of our military's most basic values — to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States," Moulton said to Insider.
"The use of these shadow forces by President Trump and the acting DHS secretary is deeply disrespectful to our military men and women in uniform who risk their lives abroad to fight for the rights our Constitution guarantees us.
"We shouldn't just tell these police officers to change out of camouflage, we should do away with BORTAC ... so that federal law enforcement masquerading as military can never again be used as the president's secret police," Moulton added.Join the conversation about this story »
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The Tesla Model S, the company's oldest vehicle still in production, recently got a range boost, to 402 miles.
That's almost double the range that the Model S launched with, in its least-expensive version, in 2012.
As the Model 3 and Model Y assume the bulk of Tesla's sales, it's easy to forget about the company's amazing first real design.
But the Model S has held up stupendously well over almost a decade.
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The Tesla Model S debuted in 2012, making it the longest-running vehicle in the all-electric automaker's lineup. The luxury sedan has received just two significant design and mechanical updates in eight years (a revamped nose and an all-wheel-drive variant), but over that same period, the car has been incessantly tweaked.
Most recently, the Model S's range was boosted to 402 miles, in the "Long Range Plus" configuration, which sells for about $75,000 new. This platform, when it was first rolled out in 2012, delivered just 208 miles per charge for the less expensive, smaller-batteried version, and 265 miles for the larger option.
The improvement is, in a word, staggering. The Model S of 2020 is basically the same vehicle as what we first saw in 2012, built on the same assembly line in California. Over time, it's acquired supercar-beating performance, added more premium elements to its interior, and acquired semi-autonomous driving technology. The range has gradually ticked up.
Pricing has remained relatively stable, and high, raising the question of whether an "aging" platform is still worth the steep sticker. The timeless design and the steady march of improvement provides an answer.
The issue, then, is that as I've noted before, we take the Model S and its brilliance for granted. The Model 3 captured far more attention when it launched several years ago, and the Model X SUV is much flashier, tech-wise. But the Model S, now with yet more range, remains probably the best Tesla money can buy.
Here's why:The Tesla Model S arrived in 2012. It was a the company's first "clean sheet" design, completely original.
CEO Elon Musk and design chief Franz Von Holzhausen collaborated on the styling, which was intended to be relatively conservative, luxurious, and most importantly, timelessly beautiful.
The first examples of the Model S rolled off the assembly line at Tesla's factory in Fremont, CA.
The vehicle is still built there today, alongside the Model X SUV and the Model 3 sedan.
Every Model S that comes off the line makes a stop at Tesla on-site test track, for final quality-control testing. I took a spin several years back.
We checked out the Model S at Business Insider in 2015, before the 2016 revamp.
The first iterations of the Model S could be configured with either a 65 kilowatt-hour or 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack, with rear-wheel-drive and a single motor.
The Model S won Motor Trend's Car of the Year award in 2013. At that point, Tesla had sold just 2,400 Model S vehicles.
The faux-grille nose cone has its fans — I still dig it — but some folks questioned why a car that doesn't need to inhale air for combustion needed a grille.
So in 2016, the nose cone was dropped.
The other major change to the platform was the addition of all-wheel-drive in 2014 — the so-called "dual motor" or "D" configuration, with a motor over each axle.
The dual-motor Model S dramatically improved the car's performance, introducing the public first to "Insane Mode" — 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds — and later "Ludicrous Mode," serving up 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. Improvement to the 100-kilowatt-hour battery system yielding a 0-60mph time of less than 2.3 seconds in 2017.
From 2014-15, Tesla introduced Autopilot, its semi-self-driving system, on the Model S. Autopilot has an autosteer feature that tempts driver to go handfree, but that's not recommended.
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Since 2012, the Model S's minimalist interior has been steadily luxed-up, in response to owner feedback. But the massive, portrait-oriented central touchscreen remains. It's canted slightly toward the driver. Over-the-air software updates have kept the Model S's brain relevant.
First buyers of the Model S gained free access to Tesla's proprietary charging network of Supercharger stations, for life. Tesla has changed the policy several times since 2012, most recently in 2019, when it reinstated free Supercharging for new Model S vehicles. The company's guidance, however, is for owners to charge at home and leave the Superchargers available for longer trips.
Besides Supercharging, you can go with good old-fashioned electric outlets in a pinch.
I "ran out of gas" in a Model S a few years ago and had to use this option.
It's extremely slow, adding only one mile of range per hour of charge.
Tesla can assist owners with installing a 240-volt level 2 charging station at home. This setup can recharge a Model S battery overnight. Supercharging can replenish a full charge a little over an hour.
Tesla used to distinguish Model S configurations with a naming convention. For example, here we have a "P90D," the performance dual-motor Model S with a 90 kWh battery.
And here's a P100D, with a larger, 100kWh battery. The company no longer does this.
It's currently selling just two versions of the Model S, in Performance and Long Range Plus trims. The latter offers 402 miles of range.
Musk has said that Tesla probably won't substantially redesign the Model S, but will continue selling it for sentimental reasons. At the moment, the company is focused on Model 3 sales and the rollout of the Model Y crossover SUV. But the brilliant Model S isn't quite ready to head off into the sunset just yet.