Dana White: ‘Fight Island’ To Open In June
For the past few months, “Fight Island” has been the only thing people are thinking about. Where will it be? When will events take place? Is it a real location? It looks like we are about to find out in a few weeks.
After announcing the card for UFC on ESPN 9, UFC President Dana White revealed to ESPN plans for the remote location. While still not announcing where it will be, White went into detail that there will be a training facility in place. With an octagon in the middle of the location, White is hoping the next month will have all eyes on it.
“Literally this morning I was driving to work and I was talking to Ari and Ari goes ‘how many people a day ask you where ‘Fight Island’ is?’ cause I guess people are blowing him up asking him where ‘Fight Island’ is,” White stated, via MMA Fighting. “People are very intrigued about ‘Fight Island’ and I’m excited for it.
“Right now, we’re looking at June and we’re literally going to knock out three or four fights there in a month. I’m going to stay on the island for a month. I’m going to go stay there. I’ll probably be there the whole month of July.”
Once the UFC had to cancel several events as a result of the coronavirus, White came up with the idea for an island for fighters to compete in. This also helped fighters from out of the country who are unable to enter the United States due to travel restrictions. White was adamant that testing would be done, just like the company did last week when they held UFC 249 and two other events. Only Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and his corner tested positive for COVID-19 as of now.
A rumored bout for “Fight Island” would be Khabib Nurmagomedov v. Justin Gaethje for the undisputed UFC Lightweight Title. Conor McGregor also expressed a desire to fight on the island. Recently, Paige VanZant teased that she will be on the island to face Amanda Ribas.