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White touts innovative private island model for UFC

UFC president Dana White has revealed that he is planning to secure a private island to host fights for the mixed martial arts promotion over the coming months amid restrictions caused by COVID-19.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, White (pictured) said he would fly fighters to the island on private planes as UFC looks to continue with events amid the global sports shutdown.

White is also confident that UFC 249 will go ahead on April 18, although a venue for the show has not yet been announced. The event will see Tony Ferguson fight Justin Gaethje for an interim lightweight title, with Khabib Nurmagomedov seemingly stuck in Russia and unable to participate.

After UFC 249, White hopes to take the sport to an island, the location of which he has not disclosed. No fans will be present at events and fans will be regularly tested for COVID-19.

“I’m a day or two away from securing a private island,” White told TMZ Sports. “I have a private island that I’ve secured; we’re getting the infrastructure put in now, so I’m gonna start doing the international fights, too.

“With international fighters, because I won’t be able to get international fighters into the US, I have a private island that I’m gonna start flying them all in and doing international fights from there. So as of April 18th, the UFC is back up and running.”

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