Dana White Clears Up Saudi Card Postponement Rumors

Dana White clarified rumors surrounding the status of their first card in Saudi Arabia after reports it was postponed due to poor quality.

According to Ariel Helwani, the March 2, 2024, card was postponed with a view to having it in June. The card allegedly failed to interest the Saudis, who had paid a $20 million site fee. PFL chairman Donn Davis reinforced those rumors after announcing their PFL vs. Bellator: Champs card in Riyadh for February 24, 2024.

Davis claimed the UFC’s card could not stand up to the increased competition. The Kingdom’s focus is to put on the biggest events in combat sports. Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou, Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk, and Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou demonstrate that. 

“I’m being told, via sources, that the planned March 2nd UFC event in Saudi Arabia is being postponed and the target is June. I was told that the reason for the postponement is because the powers that be in Saudi Arabia want a more entertaining fight card. They want a deeper fight card with bigger names on it, weren’t too pleased with what was being offered,” Helwani said 

White dismissed claims that the UFC had ever talked about a card in Saudi. 

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about the card wasn’t good enough. We never even proposed a card to them. We didn’t tell Saudi Arabia about one fight. So, that’s all bulls**t. We never even proposed a card to them. What we wanted to do is, every time the UFC puts on an event, we want to blow the doors off the place.

“We want people to be excited. So it was our first fight ever in Saudi Arabia, and a couple of fights that we wanted to line up, they weren’t ready to go. So, we pushed the card back because we’re going to deliver,” White stated 

 

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