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Dana White in talks to buy private island for UFC fights and will fly fighters from all over world to compete

UFC president Dana White has found a way to combat coronavirus... by hosting fights on his own private island.

White is determined not to let the global pandemic that has claimed over 75,000 lives impact his fighting empire.

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UFC 249 is still going ahead on April 18 despite Khabib Nurmagedov pulling out of his headline bout with Tony Ferguson after he was left stranded in Russia. 

And according to TMZ, the 50-year-old is closing in on a remarkable deal to host future dust-ups on a private island.

It means flying the fighters out on private jets after setting up an Octagon on the secluded location.

Although he is giving no clues as to where in the world it could be.

He said: "I locked this venue (that will host UFC 249) for two months.

“I have this venue for two months, and we’re setting up shop here. We’re going to be pumping out fights every week.

"I’m also a day or two away from securing a private island.

"I have a private island that I’ve secured. We’re getting the infrastructure put in now, so I’m going to start doing the international fights, too, with the international fighters.

I have a private island that I’ve secured.

UFC president Dana White

“I’m not going to be able to get the international fighters, all of them into the US, so I have a private island.

"I’m going to start flying them all into the private island and start doing international fights from there. So as of April 18, the UFC is back up and running.

"We have all our own planes and everything we’re going to fly into the island with the fighters.”

Yesterday White announced the full fight card for UFC 249 that will see Justin Gaethje step in to face Ferguson at an unknown location.

Other big fights include Rose Namajunas versus Jessica Andrade and Francis Ngannou up against Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

White confirmed that everybody involved in the event will be medically screened ahead of fight night.

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He added: "Everyone is going to be tested and tested and tested.

“We’re going to make sure healthy athletes, healthy athletic commission people, healthy judges, referees, my production people, and everyone there is going to be healthy.

"We’re going to make sure everybody is going to be safe before, during and after the fights.”

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