When Dana White first announced that he wanted to bring the UFC to Afghanistan back at UFC 112, I was a little bit surprised at the ‘no big deal’ response he got from the media. That shit is fucking dangerous. But I guess if some douchewad country singer like Toby Keith can do Afghanistan several times over, the UFC can do it too. Here’s Dana White talking about the difficulties inherent in holding such a complex show in a warzone:
“We actually want to go right into Afghanistan and put on an event in the middle of all the [expletive]. It’s going to happen. … Anything can happen if you want it to happen bad enough…We’re working on it right now, and it’s so crazy. It’s going to be so freaky that they can’t tell us exactly when and where it’s going to be. The military is going to let us know when we can do it…(Joe) Rogan was like, ‘Oh, [expletive]; we’re going to do what?’ But I’m excited for it. I do love the troops…The question that we’re wondering is, ‘Can we shoot this thing? How do we do it?’…We’re going to chopper in there at night. It’s going to be [expletive] crazy…What we’re trying to do is fly in, set this thing up as fast as we can, put on an event, and get the [expletive] out…The question is can we get the equipment in and make it happen…You think, ‘Oh, well if they do it on the base?’ But these guys are getting attacked over there all the time. They’re getting attacked, and there’s a lot of casualties coming out of Afghanistan right now. Hopefully, we’re not one of them.”
It will be interesting to see who fights on the card … former military guys like Brian Stann and Brandon Vera? They should already be used to the UFC putting them in dangerous situations considering their last fights.