UFC President Dana White says he’s, “a day or two from securing a private island”, where he plans to fly in international fighters and host UFC events.
“I won’t be able to get international fighters, all of them, into the U.S., so I have a private island; I’m going to start flying them all into the private island and doing international fights from there”, said the UFC president.
It’s official. This is really happening.
According to Dana’s interview with TMZ, we’re about to witness Enter the Dragon in real life. “As of April 18th the UFC is back up and running”, says the president. All locations are being held under lock and key also – even the end of UFC 249 is top secret.
UFC back in business
After next weeks UFC 246 event, the octagon will be transported to the secret island, where it’ll remain for huge international fights. Dana plans to fly in some of the biggest names on the UFC roster and test all parties relentlessly to ensure safety. Judges, referees, production people, and fight teams will all be tested for COVID-19 before, during, and after the events.
This comes just hours after the UFC revealed the final card for UFC 249. Due to drop outs, Dana and UFC match makers were pressured to fill the line up with PPV worthy replacements.
The president says making the event happen has been the hardest thing he’s ever done. Justin Gaethje will now step into the headline hot seat to battle #1 contender Tony Ferguson, for the interim lightweight title.
Fight fans will also witness Rose Namajunas take on Jessica Andrade, Francis Ngannou fight Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Greg Hardy test his might against Yorgan de Castro.
Dana defends Khabib
Dana was also quick to point out people should stop blaming Khabib, in his opinion. The lightweight champion is stuck in his native Russia, unable to travel, and out of the UFC 249 main event vs Ferguson. Dana told TMZ. “this is something you could never prepare for, plan for, or even dream that any of this is possible.”
Fan opinions range from fully supporting the champ, to calling for him to be stripped of his title and disgraced for cowardice. Naturally, the decision to punish Khabib is left entirely in the hands of the UFC, who appear to understanding during this freak situation.
So, what of the rumour about long time commentator Joe Rogan not calling the fights? Well, the UFC president says it’s all a media spin. “Rogan will be there”, he tells TMZ. Apparently, the rumours came from reporters relaying what they’d heard Rogan say during a podcast.
It’s official, fight fans! Dana White’s scheme is straight out of the evil villain play book – but it should be business as usual at the UFC. International fights streamed from a secret island every single week.
Is Dana pushing things a step too far and endangering lives? Or is he laying it all on the line for the fans? Let us know what you think in the comments.
- We’ve Got a Fight! Ferguson vs. Gaethje for Interim Lightweight Title at UFC 249, April 18