Construction of its so-called “Fight Island” is almost complete, said UFC president Dana White on Tuesday.
White appeared on the Jim Rome Show and said that the makeshift island would be designed to organize fights involving international fighters from the company who may not be able to enter the United States due to restrictions traveling due to the coronavirus pandemic. White said he should be ready to go in June.
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“The infrastructure is under construction. I hope everything will be done in mid-June. I hope we can have a fight this weekend for its opening, or maybe closer towards the end of June, “said White. “What we are building for this is that I cannot predict what tomorrow might bring with this coronavirus, so the hardest part is going to be bringing people from the United States. This is where we will do all our international fights. “
In addition, White hinted at the possibility that Conor McGregor would be fighting on Fight Island without fans.
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“Conor has been ready to fight for a while,” said White. ” He is in shape. He is ready to go. First of all, Fight Island is going to be very important in all these fights taking place with people from outside the country. It kills me to fight Conor without fans. Kill me. This guy makes nearly $ 20 million worth of doors. “
The UFC will host its first event since March Saturday. UFC 249 will take place in Jacksonville, Florida. White told Yahoo Sports on Monday that he was “excited” that the event would take place.
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“No one wants to be the first, man,” said White. “Nobody wants to be the first and take this chance. We are talking about fighters who want to enter and want to participate. Anyone involved in this event wishes to participate in this event. Of my employees. Someone must be the first. ”