IS UFC Going To Own An Island?
The Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC mixed martial arts organization is aiming to continue to hold events during the coronavirus pandemic. UFC did have one card in Brazil a few weeks ago. It was the only major sporting event in the world following the pandemic causing sporting events around the world to come to a stop.
While the UFC has been working to ensure the safety of all people involved, it has been forced to postpone a few events. The company is hoping to have its UFC 249 pay-per-view event occur on April 18 as planned.
The UFC organization is aiming to set up a location where it can hold the event and others during the pandemic. The company is hoping to set up a space at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort near Fresno. The casino is on tribal ground, specifically on the Santa Rosa Rancheria reservation.
Since the Santa Rosa tribe operates the property, it is under tribal jurisdiction. UFC would successfully skirt its way around COVID-19 restrictions. However, it is doubtful that fans would be allowed to attend the event, as the rest of the casino property is closed for the time being.
But there have also been reports that UFC president Dana White might consider purchasing an island where he can hold events in the future. White himself even says that he has gone forward with the plan, although there are no specifics over what he is doing here.
White claims that he has secured an island near the United States where he can hold events in the future. He says that the infrastructure for the island is being built. There’s a plan to make it to where people can safely get on the island, train, and compete in live events.
White is not specific on where the island is located, or how much money he is spending to acquire this island.
The island plan may also work for those who might struggle to get into the United States or any other country. The move comes in light of how lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov had to drop out of UFC 249. He was going to have a difficult time legally getting out of his home country of Russia to compete in the United States due to travel restrictions.
White has not been specific about how people are going to be tested for COVID-19. White claims that UFC is going to put in as many safety standards for its work as possible.
About UFC 249
UFC 249 will occur on April 18 on the tribal land space outside Fresno. The event was originally going to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Tony Ferguson will compete against Justin Gaethje in the main event. The fight will be for an interim lightweight title. Gaethje was a late replacement for Nurmagomedov. The winner of this fight may be considered a frontrunner for being the next person to fight Nurmagomedov. The card also features a women’s strawweight rematch between Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas.