UFC president Dana White was very clear about keeping his events up throughout the COVID-19 outbreak before postponing a couple of events in March. After that, he’s maintained the organization would hold UFC 249 despite other sports organizations continuing to halt normal business operations. That card appears to be at the finish line with Monday’s announcement of Tony Ferguson v. Justin Gaethje in the main event.
Now, Dana White’s master plan to keep his business thriving, telling TMZ Sports on Monday that he is “a day or two away” from closing a deal for a private island where he can hold fights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the interview, White acknowledged he has the UFC 249 venue for two months, where he plans to host fights every week. If he does indeed make it official and secure the private island, he’ll be able to host international fighters on private planes. White is guaranteeing that they’ll be tested for COVID-19 and the UFC will ensure fighters will be healthy coming into their bouts, but there will certainly be understandable questions about whether they can do so effectively.
On Monday, Major League Baseball reportedly began working on a plan to resume their Spring Training season by May.