UFC president Dana White fears for future of hosting fights in the US

‘Travelling in America is going to be a massive challenge’: UFC president Dana White fears for future of hosting fights in the US with Joe Biden set to tighten protocols

UFC president Dana White admits that hosting fights in the United States is likely going to become more difficult in 2021.

New president Joe Biden wants take a tougher approach to battling coronavirus and is considering measures such as a 14-day quarantine for international travelers.

The UFC have hosted many of their events during the pandemic on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, including UFC 257 on Saturday night.

Speaking after the card, where Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor, White said: ‘I mean, if I had to map it out in my head we’d come back here [to Abu Dhabi] in June or July,’ 

‘Probably it’d be about that time. Who knows? While we were here, there was a new inauguration [in the US] and we’ll see what happens. Travelling in America and all this stuff is going to be another massive challenge for us this year.’

White intimated that McGregor could fight again, albeit at the Apex in Las Vegas in front of no fans, but that much depends on how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and what restrictions the Biden government imposes.

‘It sounds like things are tightening up over there [in the United States],’ White contnued.’Talking about 14-day quarantine like Canada and stuff like that. If that happens, that’s going to be a problem.

‘I’m trying to do everything we can do. This situation is never going to be perfect, but Abu Dhabi is as close to perfect as you can get. I might have to move here this year.’It’s as close to perfect as you can get. The way that these guys do everything. Everything in this country is done to the best of everybody’s ability. It’s incredible.’

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