The VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, will host UFC 249. The UFC pounced on a chance to hold their events in the sunshine state once they declared that sports activities were essential businesses. However, Dana White still has plans for “Fight Island.” He appeared on a live session with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and spoke about the same.
The UFC President said, “We really are putting an Octagon on the beach. There’s going to be training facilities for people. There are hotels and the whole island. All the infrastructure is going to be built for UFC to come do fights there.”
The UFC President first proposed the idea of an Island to host fights when UFC had to cancel 4 fight nights.
After ESPN higher-ups asked him to stand down he said, Fight Island will be ready in a month and he can “ship guys there to start training.”
Many fighters have displayed enthusiasm over this novel idea. While fans have likened it to video game Mortal Kombat, Jorge Masvidal has compared it to Bruce Lee’s Kung-fu classic ‘Enter the Dragon.’ UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko was so over-enthusiastic about the idea that she wanted to live there even after the fight.
Dana White said the UFC will hold events in Florida on May 9th, 13th, and 16th. He revealed they are targeting May 23rd too. The UFC President also revealed that he plans to catch up and follow the same schedule.
He was asked if that will be in Florida too but White evaded the question, saying, “I haven’t announced that yet.”
However, he will run out of United States-based fighters soon and need to rely on overseas fighters on his roster. This means Fight Island is not far off. When do you see Fight Island hosting its inaugural fight night?
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