Dana White says Fight Island was practically impossible to pull off but somehow he and the UFC did just that.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic took place, White has been adamant the UFC will continue to run a normal schedule. But, with travel restrictions limiting who can enter the United States, White and the UFC came up with another solution of Fight Island.
For weeks now, where Fight Island is has been a mystery, but White says it has been difficult to pull off but it is almost done.
“Let me tell you about Fight Island. Fight Island is so f*****g expensive and so f*****g crazy that [it’s] almost impossible to pull off,” Dana White said on Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellow’s Talk the Talk show. “You’re talking about planes and flying people in from other things and the restrictions, you have to quarantine people and all these things we’re going through. It’s f*****g insane to be even trying to do this. But I promise you, we will do it, and we will pull it off.
“I believe in doing this, it’s going to help grow the sport immensely, it’s going to help financially, and many different ways it’s going to help build the sport and I just know we can do it,” he continued. “But let me tell you how hard it is and how crazy this whole thing has been, man, while people are laying in their fucking pools and enjoying the pandemic, I’ve been over here smoking my executive staff. Burning these guys out, man, it’s been crazy.”
According to Dana White, the UFC is targeting June 27 as the first event for Fight Island. That, of course, is set to be headlined by Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker. So, if that is the first event, that is a great way to kick off Fight Island.
“I’m hoping the first fight should probably be June 27,” he concluded. “I’m not saying we are going June 27 but that is the date I’m shooting for.”
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