UFC president Dana White spoke recently with Mike Tyson, and discussed trying to hold UFC 248 on April 18 in the midst of the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic.
“I’m gonna try and pull off Tony vs. Khabib on April 18 and try to get some normalcy back in this country,” said White, as transcribed by Mike Heck for MMA Fighting. “Every day that I work on this thing, I get another curve ball thrown at me. Every time we plan something, it falls apart — I have to re-do it, re-do it.
“I have four or five locations right now and we’re getting this deal done. And then we’re going to figure out who we can get in, who we can’t, what we can do and we’re going to build a card around it.”
“Everybody’s running and hiding. I’m one of those guys that would rather get out there and find solutions. How do we figure this out? How do we beat this thing?
“Listen, if you’re somebody that’s a high risk, you should probably stay away and stay quarantined for a while. What happens when flu season comes again next year? What happens then?
“I think that the media has made this thing scary. People are buying all of the toilet paper there is. If you just look at a lot of things that are going on, it’s wacky and totally driven by fear. It’s very weird.”
“I think that in a year or two, we’re going to be like, ‘holy s***, we shut down the whole world for this thing.'”
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