UFC to hold first Fight Island event June 27, Dana White says
UFC president Dana White said the first event on what he calls Fight Island will be held June 27.
White has been working to set up a location to host international fights amid travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
White spoke of how much work had gone into the idea, which he hopes will help mixed martial arts grow further.
“Let me tell you about Fight Island. Fight Island is so f—ing expensive and so f—ing crazy and almost impossible to pull off,” he told Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew on the “Talk The Talk” series on YouTube.
“You are talking about planes flying people in and the restrictions and you have to quarantine people. It’s f—ing insane to even be trying to do this but I promise you we will do it and we will pull it off.
“I believe (that) in doing this it’s going to help grow the sport immensely and financially. In many different ways it is going to help build the sport. I know we can do it. Let me tell you how hard it is and how crazy the whole thing has been.
“While people have been laying in their f—ing pools and enjoying the pandemic, I’ve been over here smoking my executive staff, burning these guys out. It’s been crazy.”
White initially said the first event on Fight Island would be held July 25, before correcting himself.
“I made a mistake earlier when I told you about Fight Island. The first fight on Fight Island is probably around June 27, not July,” he said.
The UFC has continued despite COVID-19, holding five events without fans since March.
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