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Dana White Will Continue UFC on Private Island

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    Dana White says he has secured a private island to host UFC events on during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan isn't as crazy as it sounds right of the bat. The very first fight on the island will be UFC 249 on April 18th headlined by Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje (full fight card below). White says he's already secured the secret U.S. island and has already began building the infrastructure.

    It makes sense to me. These fighters and training camps really aren't that large. It shouldn't be too difficult to get everyone tested and safe before entering the island. Once everyone is there they're all quarantined and don't have any other contact other than those who have already been tested.

    The biggest news here isn't just that it UFC 249 will take place on an island in just over a week, but that the island is set to host weekly fights for atleast the next two months. Yep, Dana White found a way to get around a pandemic and continue on an entire sport on an island. The fights will not be open to fans and will be broadcast on ESPN.

    White told ESPN, "So this place where this fight is going to be on April 18 I have locked up for two months, so I'm going to continue to pump fights out. I also secured an island. I've got an island. The infrastructure is being built right now. We're going to do all of our international fights on this island. So when we do this fight April 18, international and in the United States, we're going to start cranking. The UFC will be back up and running, internationally and here in the States."

    Here's White explaining more about how they're going about the entire process with the island and fights. You can start the video at the 2 minute mark if you don't want to here fighter info and whatnot.

    UCF 249 Fight Card

    Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje

    Jessica Andrade vs Rose Namajunas

    Greg Hardy vs Yorgan De Castro

    Vicente Luque vs Niko Price

    Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar

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    This is great. So are the fights going to be PPV or free to watch? I think it might be tone deaf of the UFC to make them PPV at a time when everyone is struggling economically.

    Also, trips me out to see Greg Hardy on a UFC card still... rooting for Castro in that one for sure.

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    Dallasite Wrote:

    This is great. So are the fights going to be PPV or free to watch? I think it might be tone deaf of the UFC to make them PPV at a time when everyone is struggling economically.

    Also, trips me out to see Greg Hardy on a UFC card still... rooting for Castro in that one for sure.

    I don't see any mention of the fights being PPV in the video or anywhere else I've seen it. I agree with you that it'd probably be frowned upon by alot of people for the fights to be behind a paywall right now. I'd even go as far as to say White should make UFC 249 free to watch, but they may already have the contracts wrote up and signed for it.

    If White can pull of this whole island thing like he's talking about, the UFC is about to see an enormous amount of good PR and many more fans around the world.

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    Wow. That was fast. Dana White says UFC 249 will not happen April 18

    Main exert:

    UFC 249 will not proceed on April 18 despite UFC president Dana White's efforts to move forward with the pay-per-view event.

    All other UFC events have also been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    "Today, we got a call from the highest level you can go at Disney, and the highest level at ESPN ... and the powers that be there asked me to stand down and not do this event [next] Saturday," White told ESPN's Brett Okamoto on Thursday.

    UFC 249 was scheduled to air on ESPN+. ESPN has a five-year contract as the exclusive home of UFC fights on its networks and pay-per-view services.

    Disney shut them down. That sucks. Why am I not surprised. Guess that's the price you pay for partnering up. They could have pulled it off if they weren't doing it on ESPN+.