Dana White securing private island to host upcoming UFC events

Cue the Mortal Kombat music, ladies and gentlemen, Dana White is on the verge of securing a private island on which to hold fights.

“I’ve got an island,” the UFC president told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “The infrastructure is being built right now. We’re going to do all of our international fights on this island… We’re getting back into our regular schedule.”

White announced Monday that a Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje interim lightweight title fight would headline UFC 249 on April 18 at a yet-to-be-announced venue somewhere in the United States. That matchup was put together on short notice because current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is in Russia, which had closed its borders due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re going to go back and forth between the venue that I have here (in the U.S.) and the island,” said White, who expects to hold weekly events going forward with April 18 being the first.

White explained he has locked up the venue being used for UFC 249 for an additional two months, but is remaining extremely secretive about where exactly it’s located.

“There are a lot of creepy people out there and when they find out the location they start attacking the location and making phone calls so this keeps the creeps at bay,” White said. “Health and safety is a thing we worry about all the time, not just during the coronavirus, so obviously this has made our jobs a little tougher but we’re going to do everything above and beyond to make sure everybody’s safe that’s associated with this event just like we always do.”

Nearly every sports organization worldwide, save for the WWE, has stopped holding live events indefinitely, however White insisted that anyone at UFC 249 will be safer than they would be staying at home

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US prosecutors allege bribes in 2018, 2022 World Cup votes

Qataris gather at the capital Doha’s traditional Souq Waqif market as the official logo of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is projected on the front of a building on September 3, 2019. (Photo by – / AFP)

NEW YORK — Prosecutors revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to FIFA executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup and charged a pair of former 21st Century Fox executives with making illegal payments to win broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

An indictment unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn says Nicolás Leoz, then president of the South American governing body CONMEBOL, and former Brazil federation president Ricardo Teixeira received bribes to vote for Qatar at the 2010 FIFA executive committee meeting.

Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, president of the North and Central American and Caribbean governing body CONCACAF, received $5 million in bribes to vote for Russia to host in 2018 from 10 different shell companies that included entities in Anguilla, Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands, the indictment alleged. Guatemala federation president Rafael Salguero was promised a $1 million bribe to vote for Russia, according to the indictment.

Leoz, who died last August, avoided extradition, as have Warner and Teixeira. Salguero pleaded guilty in 2018 to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and one count each of racketeering conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.

Alejandro Burzaco, former head of the marketing company Torneos y Competencias, testified in 2017 that all three South Americans on the FIFA executive committee took million-dollar bribes to support Qatar, which prevailed over the U.S. 14-8.

Former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez were charged Monday with making payments to CONMEBOL officials to obtain broadcast rights bidding information from a

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Best young rugby players: Wales boast crop of exciting talent in Aaron Wainwright and Sam Costelow

In sport, everyone wants to discover who the next great talent is.

With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc upon the rugby season, we have put together a handy guide to ensure your eyes are fixed on the game’s best young stars.

In this series, find out the most exciting rugby players around the world who are aged 23 or below. Some are already capped, while others are yet to be capped for their nations.

Today, our focus is on Wales, semi-finalists at 2019 Wold Cup, and a team aiming to build under new coach Wayne Pivac.


AGE: 22
CAPS: 21

It’s crazy to think the 22-year-old has only been playing rugby for less than five years, yet can already be viewed as a crucial part of the international set-up.

The Newport man used to be on the books of Championship football team Cardiff City before dedicating himself to rugby at 17.

During the Dragons’ run to the World Cup semi-finals last year, Wainwright was one of the stand-out performers in the red jersey.

Equally capable at blind and openside, Wainwright is a powerful player who carries hard and is a force in defence. Strong over the ball, he is the latest big-name to come into the Welsh backrow scene.

You could play him anywhere across the backrow and your going to get a mammoth performance out of him.

Strengths: Carrying, tackling, versatility, physicality, breakdown threat

AGE: 19
CAPS: Uncapped

Rees lighting.

The 18-year-old winger is joint top scorer in the Premiership with seven tries, including five alone in December which earned him the Premiership player of the month award.

His prowess with ball in hand has caught the eye of Pivac, and the Penarth-born youngster earned a place in the

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