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The UFC Fight Island hype video should win every single Oscar known to man

I feel like I’ve written some version of “sports are never coming back” about 50 times in the last few weeks, but it does truly feel that way, at least for the major team sports.

At least we still have UFC and golf, the former of which heads to “Fight Island” this Saturday. Dana White first announced his plans to bring fights to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi back in March, and now that we’ve seen photos of the bloody paradise, it’s very, very real, and it’s spectacular.

But nothing is truly real until there is a hype video. That’s when we’ll know sports are all the way back, when social media is littered with hype videos for even the most mundane of events. There is nothing mundane about this one for UFC 251, though. White tweeted out the three-minute, 36-second clip at 5 a.m. on Friday morning with the caption “Sorry, I couldn’t help myself… I had to get this up early.” We can see why:

That was an absolute masterpiece. Give it all the Oscars. ALL OF ‘EM. Ron Pearlman should probably narrate every sports hype video going forward. That’s not a request, that’s a demand.

As a UFC N00b, the only name I know from that video is Jorge Masvidal, who we last saw beat Nate Diaz on a TKO due to a doctor stoppage in November. The “baddest mother f---er in the game” took the fight against Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman on less than a week’s notice due to Usman’s original opponent, Gilbert Burns, dropping out after testing positive for COVID-19. We wish Burns all the best, but there’s definitely an argument that this fight got a whole lot bigger with Masvidal as the opponent. If you aren’t buying the PPV after watching that hype video, your loss.