The AFL, NRL, NBA, The Open, Wimbledon and even The Olympics were called off in past weeks in response to the ongoing pandemic. In a bid to ‘flatten the curve’ as experts are calling it, events from around the globe have rescheduled events, often for the first time since World War II. But according to president, Dana White, he is ensuring the UFC continues, even if he has to buy an island to do so.
Speaking to TMZ Sports on a video call, White is reportedly “a day or two away” from securing a deal to hold UFC events on an undisclosed, private island. It will involve flying athletes and team members via private planes and screened by a medical team. Fans are not permitted to attend, with fights held behind closed doors. The deal will run for two months with events broadcasted weekly.
The decision from White further confirms rumours of financial troubles with an off-year potentially not possible for the continuation of the MMA company in the future. While it may provide something else other than chess on ESPN, it could be dangerous in further spreading COVID-19, particularly when cases in North American and the UK continue to soar.
Stay tuned for further developments and tune into the interview below.