Fight Island showdown: Dana White wants Khabib Nurmagomedov to face Justin Gaethje on mystery island this summer
The UFC president has been doing the rounds on radio stations in the United States and, according to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto, told a Chicago ESPN affiliate show that he wanted to make the blockbuster lightweight title unifier a headline act on his mysterious "Fight Island."Also on rt.com 'I want the real thing!' Justin Gaethje REFUSES to wear interim belt after UFC 249 win, calls for unification bout with Khabib
Little is known about the location of the island, except for White's insistence that the infrastructure is being put in place and will be ready by the summer.
Apparently, Dana White just told an ESPN radio affiliate in Chicago that Khabib vs. Justin will take place on Fight Island this summer "unless world gets back to normal sooner than we think." Tracking down the full audio/quotes, will update shortly.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 12, 2020
And it seems he wants Khabib and Gaethje to be one of the first big fights to take place there, with the pair facing off in a huge battle for the undisputed lightweight title.
"I expect it to happen this summer," White told ESPN 1000 in Chicago.
"I don't know if it will be the first one, but it will be on 'Fight Island,' unless miraculously the world comes back together faster than I think it's gonna."
Dana White expects Khabib and Gaethje to thrown down on Fight Island this summer 🏝 pic.twitter.com/aDaImyILy1— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 12, 2020
Khabib was originally set to face Tony Ferguson in the main event of UFC 249, but ended up stranded in Russia due to the COVID-19 outbreak, forcing the UFC to rethink their plans.
Eventually, Ferguson ended up facing Gaethje, who stopped him in the fifth round at the rescheduled event in Jacksonville, Florida on May 9.Also on rt.com Khabib responds after Justin Gaethje demolishes Tony Ferguson to win interim title at UFC 249