Dana White insists the mysterious ‘Fight Island’ could be ready to host UFC events in a MONTH, as the chief watches that UFC is ‘first sport on television’
- Dana White has claimed that ‘Fight Island’ will be ready to host UFC in a month
- The obscure venue was meant to host UFC 249 for next weekend
- However, ESPN and Disney chiefs intervened to force White to cancel the event
- The UFC chief hopes the sport will be the first to return to television
Dana White insists that UFC events will continue on ‘Fight Island’ as the UFC chief claimed the venue will be ready to host fight nights in a month.
White suffered a major blow on Thursday after his hunt for UFC 249 ended after ESPN and Disney executives told the UFC chief to withdraw from his controversial plans.
The event, scheduled to see Khabib Nurmagomedov fight Tony Ferguson, was to take place in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, before the venue withdrew. UFC 249 also lost Nurmagomedov after the Russian was unable to enter the United States.
Dana White has claimed that ‘Fight Island’ will be ready to host UFC events within a month
White’s plans to host UFC 249 next week were rejected when told to quit ESPN and Disney executives
White roped into Justin Gaethje to fight Ferguson for the interim title and made significant progress in finding a location, with ‘Fight Island’ – a private island located at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino on tribal land in Central Valley, California – willing to organize the event.
Its location on tribal land meant that the UFC did not have to comply with the lockdown rules imposed by the United States government.
Despite the disappointment that he won’t be able to host UFC 249 next weekend, White has insisted that steps be taken to ensure that ‘Fight Island’ hosts UFC events.
“That’s why I tell all my boys not to worry because ‘Fight Island’ is going to happen,” he told ESPN.
White insists that steps be taken to ensure that the island is ready to host the UFC
All infrastructure is currently being built and put in place. As we get closer, I’ll start figuring out booking fights, getting guys ready.
“Besides, I can send boys there earlier, and they can start training there, on the island.
“So when that’s all done – we’re looking at a month – I’ll have it all together, and guys can start training and go there.
“I’m sure people will be ready to leave their home in a month and go to an island somewhere to train.”
White hopes the UFC will be the first sport on television after the corona virus
All UFC events have been postponed indefinitely as the world continues to fight to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The United States has 503,177 confirmed cases and 18,761 deaths from the disease.
White sets himself the goal of making the UFC the first sport on television.
“When this thing is ready, it will turn into a bad ass,” he added. “It is going to be incredible. And we’re going to start fighting as soon as that thing is finished. We will be the first sport on television. ‘