Eddie Hearn slams ‘stubborn’ Dana White for hosting UFC on island amid Covid-19 crisis and says it’s in ‘bad taste’ – The Sun

EDDIE HEARN has slammed Dana White's plans to keep UFC on the road during the coronavirus pandemic as in "bad taste".

The MMA championship is set to plough ahead having also lost star attraction Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Hosting the April 18 showcase on a Native American reserve outside of lockdown jurisdiction looks set to be White's favoured path for UFC 249 before he sets up shop on a private island.

But boxing promoter Hearn, whose stable includes Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, feels now is not the time to stage fights at all costs.

The Matchroom chief told Express Sport: "It's unbelievable, I'd like to think that in boxing, there's no-one more roll your sleeves up and get on with it than me.

"But even I wouldn't consider staging an event right now. I'm not even thinking about options, not even on the radar.

"This is stubbornness. These are many of the things that make him successful but at some point you have to sit back and say 'white flag'.

"I'm quite surprised ESPN are going ahead with this, obviously they want ratings and money.

Half of me admires him for cracking on but the other half says 'come on don't be mad'."

"But with Sky Sports and DAZN, I would not be allowed to stage events right now. It's bad taste to be quite honest.

"He wants to be a trailblazer, people have told him he can't do it. But I know the feeling of being told something and you do it anyway.

"Half of me admires him for cracking on but the other half says 'come on don't be mad'."

White is hoping to broadcast a full card for UFC 249, headlined by Tony Ferguson facing new opponent Justin Gaethje.

TMZ report the 50-year-old to also be in the process of securing an island in an unknown location to fly fighters in and out of, using the championship's own planes.

White claimed: "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’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."

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