Despite Silence By Nevada Commission, White Looking To Head To Vegas In Late May
Not only does the UFC have events in Florida and will eventually make its way to “Fight Island“, but the promotion is looking to head back home.
On Barstool Sports’ My Mom’s Basement podcast, UFC President Dana White told Robbie Fox the UFC is looking to return to the APEX Center in Las Vegas. They are currently looking at May 23 as the potential date. Currently rumored for that fight card is Tyron Woodley v. Gilbert Burns.
“I’m shooting for the 23rd,” White stated, via MMA Junkie. “So we’ll do four fights in two weeks. Contender Series will happen too. Then we’ll be on our regular schedule again and we’ll open up ‘Fight Island,’ start doing international fights.”
The UFC is currently set to host UFC 249 inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. After that, two more events (May 13 and 16th) will take place in the same arena.
An issue that can potentially come into play with White’s plans is the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The commission suspended all combat sports from taking place until late March. They were meant to reconvene but canceled the meeting due to the coronavirus. NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett gave an update on the status of combat sports in Nevada, stating:
“We will see what the data reveals based on the science of COVID-19 and move forward accordingly. We are closed until further notice, and once again the data from the science will determine future events accordingly.”
With stay-at-home orders in place by Governor Steve Sisolak, it is unsure how the UFC plans to get permission to hold events. However, Sisolak has been looking to reopen the state one step at a time. It is unsure if the UFC will fall under the same guidelines as an “essential business” as it does in Florida.
White also stated the idea for international travel outside of “Fight Island”, with locations around the world a possibility.