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Dana White Secures Undisclosed U.S. Location for UFC 249, Also Secures Private Island For International Fights

April 7, 2020 | Posted by Ashish
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ESPN reports that Dana White has secured an undisclosed U.S. location to host not just UFC 249 on April 18th, but fight cards every week for at least the next two months.

UFC 249 will be headlined by Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje.

White also said that he has secured a private island where international athletes who can’t get into the United States due to the ongoing pandemic-related travel restrictions could come to fight, and that he is working on building out the infrastructure on the island right now. UFC has been impacting by international fighters not being able to get into the U.S., such as Khabib Nurmagomedov who has been in Dagestan.

“I’ll tell you this, I’m this close to getting a deal done,” White said. “So this place where this fight is going to be on April 18 I have locked up for two months, so I’m going to continue to pump fights out. I also secured an island. I’ve got an island. The infrastructure is being built right now. We’re going to do all of our international fights on this island.

“So when we do this fight April 18, international and in the United States, we’re going to start cranking. The UFC will be back up and running, internationally and here in the States.”

White said the shows will have no audience and that he won’t be revealing the U.S. location he has secured.

“Health and safety is something we worry about all the time, not just during the coronavirus,” White said. “Obviously, this has made our jobs a little tougher, but we’re going to do everything above and beyond to make sure everybody is safe, just like we always do. A lot of things will be different.”

White would not answer whether all his athletes will get COVID-19 tests, but said that UFC will take all necessary precautions to ensure safety.

“I’m ready to get back,” White said. “You keep people in their houses for too long without entertainment, people are going to start losing their minds. And we need to start figuring out solutions. That’s what we’re doing. We’re going to keep everyone safe, and we’re going to pull this thing off.”

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