The new venue is still a secret but the UFC president told TMZ that he has the venue for 2 months and plans to hold fights every week.
Dubbed Fight Island, White plans to move UFC’s set up there, ensuring that fighters can travel in and out without facing restrictions due to Covid-19. He will fly the fighters in by private plane.
As White says, although the venue is unconfirmed, a quick browse of privateislandsonline.com reveals that there are currently islands for rent in Belize, Ontario Canada, the Bahamas and the Seychelles.
After the suspension of the two previous UFC events due to concerns over coronavirus, White proved that he is willing to go to any lengths to make this card happen. Despite that, he lost the originally scheduled Barclay Centre venue in New York, and its biggest star fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Set to defend his lightweight title against the number 1 challenger, Tony Ferguson, Khabib eventually pulled out last week after getting stuck in Russia due to restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.
Despite efforts to host behind closed doors in venues including Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, Dana White couldn’t get things in place for the champ soon enough.
But no matter. White found a last-minute replacement for Ferguson in Justin Gaethje. They will fight instead for the interim title, with the winner eventually facing Nurmagomedov. If Ferguson wins, it will then be the sixth time he and Khabib have been scheduled to fight.
On the same card, which holds 12 fights in total, heavyweight fighter Francis Ngannou will face Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
White went on to tell TMZ that safety was his highest priority and that everyone will be thoroughly screened by medical staff before being allowed into the venue.
While the venue is yet to be confirmed, it look like this card is going ahead, even if White has to hold it in his own backyard. Will it make any money? It’s hard to say, but whatever happens, it will certainly be a spectacle, and that what the UFC love.