The UFC plan to host events on a private island during the coronavirus crisis.
The flu-like virus has infected 1.27 million people globally and caused over 70,000 deaths and brought the sports world to a standstill, but the UFC plans to resume behind closed doors.
The organisation, which was forced to postpone three events, will resume its calendar with Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje at UFC 249 on April 18 and White said he had also found a new venue for that event after the Barclays Center in New York was ruled out.
“I locked this venue up for two months,” White told TMZ Sports. “I have this venue for two months, and I’m setting up shop here. We’re going to be pumping out fights every week.”
With countries locking down borders and tightening travel restrictions, White said he had a way to get his stable of non-U.S. based fighters back in action.”I’m also a day or two away from securing a private island … we’re getting the infrastructure put in now, so I’m going to start doing the international fights, too,” he added.
“I won’t be able to get all of the international fighters into the U.S. so I’m going to start flying them off into the island and do international fights there.
“As of April 18, the UFC is back up and running.”
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was scheduled to meet Ferguson at UFC 249 but he said last week the fight was off as he is in quarantine in Russia.
Ferguson will now take on fellow American Gaethje for the interim 155lb belt.
Source : Mirror