Earlier in April, the top level executives at Disney and ESPN asked Dana White to stand down for UFC 249 which was scheduled to take place on April 18. It was a shame for UFC fans because it was supposed to be one of the deepest cards in UFC history. Despite the cancellation, he guaranteed to postpone the event. And once everything gets back to normal, California would be the first place to hold an event.
In the meantime, White is adamant about his
backup plan. “Fight Island” remains his priority. No venue is currently
interested or allowed to hold public events therefore White is taking the bull
by the horns.
Earlier this month, he told ESPN, “all the
infrastructure is being built right now and getting put in place. As we get
closer to that, then I’ll start figuring out booking fights, getting guys
ready. Plus, I can ship guys over there earlier, and they can start training
over there, on the island.”
On his Twitter account White reassured the
fighters not to worry about the money aspect and to keep focusing on what they
do best. Fighting.
UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya
spoke to Ariel Helwani
on his MMA Show and admitted
he was excited by the prospect of fighting on international waters.
“Yeah, I’m in shape. I’ve kept everything
around like 50, 60 per cent fitness. So I’m down to fight on a private Island
in front of the Illuminati and slay someone,” Adesanya said. “That would be
“I’m ready to fight. We’ll see what happens
with this show first, we’ll see if it actually goes… if it actually pulls off
being like Fyre Festival cause you know, that’s another way it could go. But I
have faith,” Adesanya added.
“I really think if there’s a time to step up —
I actually talked to Dana a few days ago actually, cause I was just seeing him
pop up in the news, I was like, you know what? Kudos to this guy for working at
a time right now when he should be taking a rest like everybody else, Adesanya
Not everyone is keen on making the trip to
“Fight Island” though. In a
recent interview with The
No-Sports Report with Jensen Karp, Chris Cyborg insisted that “Fight Island” is not an
event she wants to be part of.
“Everybody has to be quarantined,” Cyborg
said. “It’s the rules for everyone. You know a lot of people don’t want to be
home. A lot of people are struggling now, and I think he personally should do
something (other) than just think about himself and boxing and MMA fights. … I
think it’s better to wait, like everyone – respect everyone.”
“Even though the fighters have to be together
for training, you could say, ‘OK, I’m going to make an event now.’ Do you think
if you (did) say, ‘OK, Cris, you’re going to have a fight,’ I’m going to have
to make my team?” Cyborg said. “You know, I have to put my team together. We
are going to be together, training. Then you put the risk of the family around
you. You know, I think you had to wait and have respect for the process. Be
location of “Fight Island” and the date have not been confirmed yet but
insiders suspect it to be on a tropical island. White, a fierce businessman, is
doing all he can to get fighting back on our screens as quickly as possible. He
won’t let a pandemic derail his plans, going as far as promising fans that the
UFC will be the first sport back. ‘Fight Island’ is real and you can count on
Dana White to make it happen.
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