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