“It Will Happen Again”- Dana White Says UFC Might Stop For The Second Time

Published 06/19/2020, 10:18 PM EDT

As the UFC slowly winds down on its Apex leg of events, Dana White addressed the media ahead of Saturday’s UFC card. Here he was probed about the organization’s contingency plans should another lockdown be necessary. Given the way, the UFC President organized UFC 249 and 5 subsequent events one could almost guarantee that he would have a plan in place. He replied in the affirmative. 

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Dana White reveals UFC has planned for a second shutdown 

First, the UFC President lamented on the pandemic which has caused insane amounts of uncertainty all over the world. 

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“Yea I told u guys I’m always thinking about what’s next. Four months ago, I could have told you anything about this business. Where we were going, what was going to happen. I don’t know now.”

Furthermore, he reveals what he does as a business organizer whose actions depend on the livelihood of his employees and their families. “So all I do is sit around and strategize and try to plan. I’m planning for a second shutdown, that it will happen again.”

The UFC President says he always thinks about the worst. This according to him is exactly how fighters prepare. “They like to put themselves in the worst positions they could possibly be in. That’s how I look at this business too. What is the worst position we could possibly be in?”

Finally, White talks about how the UFC has not whittled down its workforce. This is because he wants to keep providing opportunities for them as well as his roster to further their careers.

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“My number one goal is always I don’t want to lay off any of my employees and I don’t want fighters sitting inactive and not being able to compete.”

In order to help international fighters compete, the UFC has secured an Island to host events. The month of July will see Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island play host to the MMA organization with fighters from all over the world fighting for belts. These include Russian Petr Yan and Australian Alexander Volkanovski.

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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