It’s the brawl we’ve been waiting to see for years: John Oliver vs. Dana White!
OK, that fight isn’t actually going to happen, but they are trading a few verbal jabs.
During Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver tackled the topic of how to bring back sports amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He noted that companies such as WWE and AEW are still producing new shows in Florida, where “professional sports and media production with a national audience” are considered an essential service as long as events are closed to the general public. He then turned his attention to UFC president Dana White and the “insane workaround” of moving top talent to “Fight Island.”
“Yes, the UFC is apparently building a facility on a private island that they’re calling ‘Fight Island,'” Oliver said. “Now, is that a clever name? No. Is it the perfect name? Yes! Because it’s the first thought an idiot would have if they wanted to name a private island where fights happen.”
Oliver’s suggestions: Brawlhamas, Puerto Ruckus, Owie Maui, Slam Miguel and UF-Sea. (The UFC talk begins around the 10-minute mark in the video below.)
The mockery of “Fight Island” didn’t seem to bother White as much as Oliver’s comments about coronavirus testing procedures.
Prior to UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Fla., Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and two of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19. Souza was pulled from the card, but UFC 249 proceeded as scheduled.
“If you want to come back completely without risk, that’s just not possible right now,” Oliver said.
White didn’t let that part slide, claiming Oliver used “selective facts” to support his argument.
If they aren’t going to settle this in the Octagon, then White must start his own marble racing league in order to see who truly reigns supreme in this legendary rivalry.
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