The promotion was forced to disconnect from UFC 249 and all of the events in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic after senior Disney and ESPN executives intervened and asked him to step down.
But White is still planning to go ahead with his Fight Island, which he says is being created and will serve as both a training ground for fighters and a venue for events.
“That’s why I tell all of my guys not to worry because” Fight Island “is going to happen,” White told ESPN. “All the infrastructure is under construction and is being put in place. As we get closer to that, I’m going to start finding booking fights, getting the guys ready. Also, I can send some guys over there earlier, and they can start training there, on the island.
“So once everything is in place – we’re looking at about a month – I’m going to prepare everything, and the guys can start training and go. I’m sure people will be ready to leave their home in another month and go somewhere on an island and train. “
Before all events were suspended indefinitely, UFC 249 was to take place at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, California, which White plans to reward with an event to show gratitude for their support, once things are done returned to normal.
“One thing I must point out is that Tachi Palace in California, the Indian reservation, has supported us all this time and has stood up and was ready to fight this fight,” said White. “Let me tell you this: when the world returns to normal, the California event will take place at Tachi Palace. I am fighting over there. I’m going to bring them a big fight, and I appreciate them standing with me in this thing. “
White also stated his intention to ensure the UFC was ahead of the curve when it was time for the sports world to get back on its feet, and said he fully intended to bring the fighting back live on our screens as soon as possible.
“We will be the first sport to return,” he said. “Fight Island is real. It’s a real thing. The infrastructure is under construction and it will really happen. It will be on ESPN. “