“We Are Putting An Octagon On The Beach”- Dana White Reveals Details About Fight Island

April 25, 2020 1:50 pm

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. 

Dana White Shares Details about “Fight Island”

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. 

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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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Reubyn Coutinho

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. He has also had candid chats with the sport's rising stars like Marcus Almeida and Sage Northcutt. Before moving to the editorial team, Reubyn primarily covered UFC and was on the desk for events such as UFC 249, UFC 251, and Daniel Cormier's retirement bout at UFC 252. As someone proficient across the board, he has also written for the F1, NBA, Boxing, and NFL divisions. Away from his professional pursuits, Reubyn is a film aficionado and loves engaging in discussions about movies.

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