Working nonstop since the coronavirus pandemic affected all major sports, Dana White is making sure not to let anything disrupt his plan to hold fights. As a result of travel restrictions and politics, White created “Fight Island“, a concept that he is hoping can become a reality this month.
Speaking on Talk The Talk with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew, White discussed the date he plans on having the first “Fight Island” event. With initial talks for June, White believes the end of the month will be the perfect time to host an event.
“The first fight on ‘Fight Island” is probably going to be around June 27, not July,” White stated, after initially saying July.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) June 3, 2020
The UFC has held multiple events since COVID-19 took over the world. White had one event in Brazil before shutdowns began, multiple in Florida in just under a week, and just recently hosted a Las Vegas event. All events have been without fans and have looked to follow proper health and safety guidelines.
“Fight Island” will include an octagon, training facilities, and transportation to and from the area. It is unknown where exactly the location will be for the events. One bout reportedly being booked for the island appears to be Dustin Poirier v. Dan Hooker. Conor McGregor has shown interest in competing on “Fight Island”, and we may see an undisputed UFC Lightweight Title fight take place there as well.
As far as information regarding it, White stated it was going to be expensive and hard to pull off. However, the UFC’s fearless leader is ready to do the impossible and get this all worked out.
“I believe in doing this,” White went on to say. “It’s going to help grow the sport immensely. It’s going to help financially, and many different ways it’s going to help build the sport, and I just know that we can do it. But let me tell you how hard it is and how crazy this whole thing has been. While people were laying in their f**king pools enjoying the pandemic, I’ve been over here smoking my executive staff, ringing these guys out. It’s crazy.”
A full fight card for “Fight Island” has yet to be released.