UFC planning to host fights on private island amid Covid-19 pandemic

UFC president Dana White in attendance during UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena.
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While most pro sports leagues have either canceled or postponed events amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the UFC, the biggest promotion in professional mixed martial arts, is going to great lengths to hold its contests. UFC president Dana White told the TMZ that the promotion is procuring a private island in order to host previously scheduled fights.

White said the UFC is currently planning to host a fight from a "secret" location on April 18 and will host further events featuring international fighters from a private island.

THE WHOLE CARD --See you on ESPN+ PPV. #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/J8jPBENMrs

— UFC (@ufc) April 7, 2020   

White said the next event, UFC 249 is set to air on ESPN+ PPV, the UFC's broadcast partner, and the promotion has already had to reschedule the competitors in thenmain event as one was unable to leave Russia due to travel restrictions.  Most major sports leagues like the MLB and NBA have postponed games indefinitely and the NFL has closed facilities and canceled major events in order to comply with social distancing practices aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The UFC, however, seems determined to have events despite the cost.