While sports fans are all enduring serious withdrawals from live events, with leagues around the world having been suspended indefinitely for weeks now, the one thing most people seem to be able to agree on is the fact that it’s for the best that there’s no live soccer or NBA at the moment and that the Olympics has been postponed. It’s for the greater good and if it gets the world back to normal a bit quicker, then it will have all been worth it.
One man who seemingly can’t sit around twiddling his thumbs, however, is UFC President Dana White, who is about to take some pretty extreme measures to keep his promotion’s fight cards operating as normal over the next few months.
The 50-year-old has already stated that UFC 249, headlined by Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje for the interim Lightweight title, will go ahead at a ‘top secret’ location on 18th April. But the President is looking to take things several significant steps further for future cards.
In fact, he’s buying an actual island.
No, this isn’t the plot to some Jean-Claude Van Damme led ’80s action film, White is actually going to be having fighters flown in on private planes for events, that will be hosted in front of no fans until it is once again declared safe for people to leave their homes and attend events.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, White said, “We’ve been working on this thing since the world fell apart. Every day when we would work on something, we’d wake up the next day and the world would change, so this has definitely been the hardest thing that I’ve ever tried to do, ever.
“So I locked this venue up for two months. I have this venue for two months, I’m setting up shop here. We’re gonna be pumping out fights every week.
“I am also a day or two away from securing a private island, I have a private island that I’ve secured, we’re getting the infrastructure put in now, so we’re gonna start doing international fights, too, with international fighters.
“Cause I won’t be able to get international fighters, all of em, into the US, so I have a private island, I’m gonna fly em all into the private island and have em doing international fights from there.
“So as of April 18, the UFC is back up and running.”
White has also moved to alleviate any doubts or concerns about the safety of everyone involved in the shows, both in and out of the octagon, by reassuring UFC fans that each individual will be tested for Coronavirus.
“We have all our own planes and everything. So they’re gonna fly into the island, get the fighters.
“First of all, there won’t be any fans at this thing. There will be no fans. And yes, everybody is gonna be pre-tested, tested and tested and tested.
“We’re gonna make sure that 100 percent healthy athletes, healthy athletic commission people, healthy judges, referees, my production people, that everybody there is gonna be healthy, we’re gonna make sure everybody’s gonna be safe.”
Still, absolutely bonkers, isn’t it?