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