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UFC boss Dana White to stage fights on a private island

Dana White reportedly securing a private island for UFC fights
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UFC president Dana White has told entertainment news website TMZ that he is close to securing a private island to continue hosting fights during the coronavirus crisis. 

White says he's focused on keeping the business alive during the COVID-19 pandemic with UFC 249 to go ahead on 18 April at an undisclosed location.

The UFC postponed three events but White says the calendar will resume for international fights. "As of April 18, the UFC is back up and running."

He said he is "a day or two" away from finding a suitable location to start hosting fights. With lockdowns and social distancing affecting large parts of the world and United States, countries have tightened travel restrictions and borders.

White plans to use a private island to fly in fighters who would be unable to travel to the United States. White said the UFC will be "pumping out fights every week" but fighters will be regularly tested for coronavirus and there will be no fans at the events.

"We're going to make sure that athletes, referees, my production people, that everybody there is going to be healthy before, during and after the fights," he said.

One fighter that won't be participating is Khabib Nurmagomedov. The lightweight champion was scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson in New York at UFC 249 but is quarantined in Russia. White confirmed that Justin Gaethje will replace Nurmagomedov.

The rest of the UFC 249 card includes Rose Namajunas vs Jessica Andrade, Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik alongside Greg Hardy, Ray Borg and Jeremy Stephens.

There were rumors that Joe Rogan would not be calling UFC 249 due to health concerns but White has assured fans Rogan will be there.
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