UFC news: Dana White's mysterious 'Fight Island' is a month away from being ready

  • Tom Kelly

Cast your minds back to the iconic Scooby-Doo film which featured a ‘Spooky Island’ dedicated to all things destined to leave you on the edge of your seat.

Well, Dana White is aiming to pull off something very similar, but for the UFC not Shaggy or Scooby.

White stated that “within a month” you can expect to see an island which is dedicated to high-quality MMA bouts, with the UFC President using it as one way to combat coronavirus and continue to stage events during the pandemic. 

Despite his efforts to make UFC 249 go ahead, the card was ultimately cancelled earlier this week but he told ESPN that fans shouldn’t be too disheartened, as White evidently has a well-thought plan up his sleeve. 

“That’s why I’m telling all my guys not to worry because ‘Fight Island’ is gonna happen.

“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.

“So, once that’s all in place – we’re looking at like a month – I’ll have that all put together, and guys can start training and can go there.

“I’m sure people are gonna be ready to get out of their houses in another month and go to an island somewhere and train.”

For other sports across the planet, ‘return’ dates have been suggested and thrown around but, honestly, we don’t really know for sure when sport will be returning to our screens.

Nevertheless, White has promised that the UFC won’t be affected by the pandemic – with ‘fight island’ being a key solution. 

Nobody is quite sure where ‘fight island’ exactly is, so it could be on the Isle of Wight for all we know. However, rumours have circulated amongst fans that the UFC could occupy an island just off the coast of California.

White’s upcoming card that featured the likes of Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, who replaced Khabib Nurmagomedov, was supposed to take place within a similar region. Tachi Palace, California was expected to host UFC 249 and despite the recent cancellation, White has insisted a UFC card at this venue will eventually happen. 

“One thing I need to point out is that Tachi Palace in California, the Indian reservation, has had our back this whole time and has stood their ground and was willing to do this fight.

“Let me tell you this, when the world gets back to normal, the California event will be at Tachi Palace.

“I’m doing a fight there. I’m going to bring them a big fight, and I appreciate them standing with me in this thing.”

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