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UFC President Dana White on sports in 2020: 'This isn't going to work outside of a bubble'

July 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Dana White is nothing if not steadfast in his belief that he knows exactly what he is doing.

The president of UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) has just returned from Abu Dhabi, where his much-discussed 'Fight Island' project went from fanciful notion to full-blown reality, taking place over a period of weeks, as Yas Island hosted multiple events in July.

"It was a success in every way you can measure success," White told CNN World Sport's Don Riddell from his headquarters in Las Vegas, speaking about the four events which occurred between July 11 and July 25.

READ: Khabib to fight Gaethje in October return, says White

While White was ahead of the game by bringing UFC back as quickly as possible he did seemingly come in for some criticism within the media for his sport's swift return to the Octagon.

Before 'Fight Island' took flight, US locations in Jacksonville, Florida, and the sport's main base of Las Vegas had been hosting events (UFC did postpone multiple events before May 9).

When matters turn to the fight game itself, White confirms that one of the sport's undoubted stars, reigning Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, will be returning to the Octagon on October 24, against Justin Gaethje, in a bout fans have longed to see.

Another notable update is White offering his perspective on Max Holloway's controversial split decision loss to Alexander Volkanovski, in their recent featherweight title fight at UFC 251.

And no conversation with White is complete without discussing a certain Conor McGregor, who, yet again, walked away from the sport last month.

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