Revised Date Announced For The UFC’s Saudi Arabia Debut

Following the postponement of their event on March 2nd, Saudi Arabia has announced a new date for the UFC’s first trip to Riyadh.

Earlier this week, Saudi Advisor and chairman of general authority for entertainment Turki Alalshikh officially announced that the UFC will host their first Fight Night in Riyadh on June 22nd.

The news that the event would be postponed originally broke via Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com earlier this month. Helwani indicated that the Saudis were hoping for a deeper pool of talent and some higher profile names for their first UFC event.

Helwani’s report was corroborated by one of the lines in Saudi Arabia’s official press release, despite Dana White’s claim on Saturday that this was not the case.

“A decision to reschedule was taken to ensure the best caliber of talent will be available to participate,”

-Turki Alalshikh

Following UFC 297 on Saturday, White was asked to comment on the claims that were made regarding the postponement. He expressed that the reasoning being the event being pushed back is completely false, and the fights for the card in Riyadh have yet to be announced.

“Total bullsh*t,” White said on Saturday a UFC 297 post-fight news conference in Toronto. “That’s a straight-out f*cking lie. I don’t know who started it or how it started, but not one fight was announced to Saudi. I called and asked to push the card back. We had a couple of guys we wanted on the card and they weren’t ready. You know how we are. We wanted to deliver. If we’re going to Saudi Arabia and the level these guys do things… and it’s a Fight Night. We want to make it the best Fight Night we’ve ever done. So Anybody who came out and said it was because the card wasn’t good is a f*cking liar.”

(h/t MMAJunkie.com)

At this time, there have still not been any bouts announced for the June 22nd card in Saudi Arabia. But, with the official date re-set, and the potential concerns out in the open, it seems that beginning to plan some big fights for this summer is the next step.

One thing that has been decided for this event is the venue, and it is the same that hosted the Day of Reckoning boxing event featuring Tyson Fury against Francis Ngannou. UFC Fight Night: Saudi Arabia will take place inside the prestigious Kingdom Arena, in Saudi Arabia’s Capital City of Riyadh.

You might also like

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More