Dana White wants to head back overseas this summer.
The UFC President says the idea to hold events on a private island — dubbed “Fight Island” by both the public and the UFC, according to a recent trademark filing — is going forward as planned, with the hope that the location will be ready by June.
“Fight Island should be up and running in June,” White told ESPN on an Instagram Live chat. “So I should be able to start running international events in June. From May 9 to May 23, we’ll knock out four shows. And then in June we can start international stuff on the island.”
White emphasized the importance of making this island available so that matchmakers can book fighters on the UFC roster who aren’t able to travel to the United States.
With large scale gatherings across the globe widely prohibited due to the coronavirus pandemic, White said that upcoming events (which also include a trio of shows that will take place in May in Jacksonville, Fla.) will proceed without fans.
“I’m not in a big hurry to get fans back in the arena,” White said. “I know we can do this thing safely with no fans.”
White declined to go into detail on what the safety precautions for the event would be, specifically in regards to COVID-19 testing and screening. Pressed on the matter, he said that the promotion is spending “a ton of money” to guarantee safety for everyone involved, including the fighters, staff, and commission members.
As far as future plans for Fight Island, White said it’s possible the location will no longer be used should the UFC schedule return to “normal” after the COVID-19 crisis passes.