White Mum On Coronavirus Testing, Location For UFC 249
Throughout the entire process leading up to UFC 249 while dealing with the coronavirus, UFC President Dana White has not given many answers when it comes to all the questions asked. That includes the health and safety of the fighters, the location for the event and any other plans he has. While giving a little piece of his mind, Dana has answered some of those questions, in his own way.
Speaking to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, Dana insisted everything has been done under the proper health and safety guidelines.
“We will make sure we take care of everybody like we always do,” White stated, via MMA Fighting. “I’m not giving the public and the media all kinds of information on what I’m doing, but I’m not acting like some crazy rebel out here with the coronavirus. I’ve done everything I’ve been told to do.”
While it was reassuring to a degree, White was still quiet about how testing would work for athletes and potential fans if they were to be at an event. In regards to where UFC 249, set for April 18 and featuring Khabib Nurmagomedov v. Tony Ferguson, will take place, Dana has stated he is 99% sure of a location. Of course, it is TBD, but rumors of Florida are in play. Khabib’s father also suggested the UAE, but it is unknown how logistics would work in getting out of the United States or going to another country in general.
White has also ben adamant about keeping everything a secret, saying that the media is blowing everything out of proportion. He doesn’t like how everyone, from media to fans, are criticizing his decisions.
“The less the media knows the better,” White went on to say, via MMA Junkie. “Let me just put it to you this way: A lot of this hysteria has been driven by the media. The less the media knows, the better off it is.”
When it comes to trusting his own intuition when it comes to the virus, White had a very interesting response to what the medical experts are saying. Staying in his house for a long period of time, Dana wants to move around, and will as long as MMA events will be going on.
“How long are we going to do this?” White said. “How long are we going to stay in our houses and hide? If the coronavirus is going to get me, then so be it. It is what it is. Heart disease, car accidents, cancer, the list goes on and on on, all these things that kill people every year… I don’t think I’m a high-risk guy for this thing, and if I’m wrong, then the corona is going to get me. It is what it is. There’s nothing you can do about it. I’m not going to refuse to live my life. I’m not going to hide.”
By the time the next event rolls around, the UFC APEX Center may be open. The Nevada Athletic Commission barred all combat sports from taking place, and when they were meant to reconvene, they cancelled the meeting. As of now, everything is up in the air.
As stated before, in his own way Dana White answered the questions we have. A few days from now, those answers may be different. One thing remains constant to him: UFC 249 will happen.