The development of its so-called “Combat Island” is almost completed, UFC President Dana White mentioned Tuesday.
White appeared on the “Jim Rome Present” and mentioned the makeshift island will probably be designed to stage fights involving the corporate’s worldwide fighters who could not be capable of enter the U.S. due to journey restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. White mentioned it needs to be able to go someday in June.
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“The infrastructure is being constructed proper now. I am hoping that it’ll all be completed mid-June. Hopefully, we’ll be capable of have a struggle that weekend that it opens, or possibly nearer towards the top of June,” White mentioned. “What we’re constructing that for is that I can not predict what tomorrow may deliver with this coronavirus, so the toughest factor goes to be getting individuals in from the US. That is the place we will do all our worldwide fights.”
Moreover, White floated the potential of Conor McGregor preventing on Combat Island with out followers.
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“Conor’s been able to struggle for some time,” White mentioned. “He’s in form. He’s able to go. To start with, Combat Island goes to be essential in any of those fights which are taking place with individuals from exterior the nation. It kills me to do a struggle with Conor with out followers. Kills me. This man’s doing nearly $20 million gates.”
UFC will host its first occasion since March on Saturday. UFC 249 will happen in Jacksonville, Fla. White instructed Yahoo Sports activities on Monday he was “excited” for the occasion to happen.
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“No person desires to be first, man,” White mentioned. “No person desires to be first and take that probability. We’re speaking about fighters who wish to go in and wish to compete. All people who’s concerned on this occasion desires to be concerned on this occasion. From my workers on up. Any individual must be first.”