In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dana White has revealed that Elon Musk will be attending this Saturday’s event at the UFC Apex.
With the news of Musk’s attendance, UFC Vegas 86 is now closed to the public and media, with tickets not being available for purchase.
The card’s main event will feature a middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson (23-8) versus rising star and Dana White’s Contender Series standout Joe Pyfer (12-2). Preceding the main event, Dan Ige (17-7) will square off with Andre Fili (23-10) in the co-main.
“It might have been Dallas we did a fight on Super Bowl weekend. To do it in our hometown, a no-brainer to have Slap Friday, UFC Saturday, and Sunday the Super Bowl is a no-brainer. The people that are in town that are going to these events are, I mean Elon Musk is coming to the fight on Saturday, you know what I mean?” White said on Radio Row to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Closing down the Apex to roll out the red carpet for the rich and famous is nothing new for the UFC’s CEO. Last year, the Apex was closed to the public when Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in attendance. This was around the time that Meta had signed a partnership with the UFC, and there were talks of White promoting an MMA match between Zuckerberg and Musk. While this was a fun idea, nothing ever came of this celebrity matchup.
With the NFL’s Superbowl on the books for this Sunday, White expressed that Vegas will be even more packed with celebrities than usual. With this in mind, this seems like an excellent opportunity to shut the UFC Apex down to the public, and make this a star-studded event. Furthermore, the speculation is that Musk’s attendance is just the tip of the iceberg for UFC Vegas 86.
Where & When:
UFC Vegas 86 will kick off at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT on Saturday, February 10th with 8 preliminary matchups on UFC Fight Pass & ESPN+.
Following, at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, the main card will go live and will also be available with the standard ESPN+ subscription.
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UFC Vegas 86 Full Lineup:
Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN+)
- Jack Hermansson vs. Joe Pyfer
- Dan Ige vs. Andre Fili
- Ihor Potieria vs. Robert Bryczek
- Brad Tavares vs. Gregory Rodrigues
- Michael Johnson vs. Darrius Flowers
- Rodolfo Vieira vs. Armen Petrosyan
Preliminary Card (4 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+)
- Trevin Giles vs. Carlos Prates
- Timothy Cuamba vs. Bolaji Oki
- Loma Lookboonmee vs. Bruna Brasil
- Devin Clark vs. Marcin Prachnio
- Jeremiah Wells vs. Max Griffin
- Zac Pauga vs. Bogdan Guskov
- Hyder Amil vs. Fernie Garcia
- Daniel Marcos vs. Aoriqileng