UFC: Kiwi UFC stars weigh in on bizarre 'Fight Island' venue

Kiwi UFC champion Israel Adesanya won't need to be asked twice to accept a bout on the UFC's mysterious new private island venue.

On Tuesday, UFC president Dana White raised eyebrows across the sporting world with the announcement of his plan to lease a private island, where he could host UFC events without fear of COVID-19 interruption.

White told TMZ it was "one or two days away" from being secured and he'd be relocating there for a two-month period.

He aims to host weekly events at the undisclosed location, where international fighters could travel by private jet and avoid any border restrictions.

"We’re getting the infrastructure put in now," said White. "I'm going to start flying them all into the private island and doing international fights from there… we have all our own planes and everything."

White confirmed that all fighters would be tested for coronavirus upon arrival and departure.

Speaking to ESPN's Ariel Helwani, Adesanya admitted he'd welcome the opportunity.

"I'm down to fight on a private island in front of the Illuminati and slay someone," the 30-year-old said. "That'd be f**cking gangster."

'The Last Stylebender' will next defend his title against Brazlian Paulo Costa, although the fight is yet to be made official.

New Zealand lightweight contender Dan Hooker was also quick to register his interest in an exotic - yet violent - island getaway.

"I've had fights in bars, nightclubs, carparks and stadiums," Hooker tweeted. "I can't wait to throw down on FIGHT ISLAND." 

'The Hangman' was set to fight former lightweight champion Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC San Diego on April 2, before the card was postponed and tentatively rescheduled for May 16.

Hooker and Adesanya's City Kickboxing stablemate, UFC flyweight Kai Kara-France, couldn't help but make the one glaring comparison.

"I hope this doesn't turn into another Fyre Festival," Kara-France joked on Instagram, referring to the infamous failed music festival held on a private island in the Bahamas.

'Don't Blink' was also expected to join his teammate at the San Diego event for a clash with Alex Perez.

White has insisted the UFC will push on with its events in the face of mass global sporting cancellations.

Next Sunday, the UFC 249 pay-per-view will take place at location yet to be disclosed, rumoured to be somewhere on the US west coast.