The UFC won’t be having a New Year’s weekend card for the first time since 2014; however, they plan to go all-out on their December pay-per-view slot once again.
A women’s bantamweight title fight between champ-champ Amanda Nunes and Germaine de Randamie has already been penciled in for the card, which takes place on December 14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
During an interview with Barstool Sports, however, White said this won’t be the only title fight for that evening.
“Like, three title fights on that card,” White said. “That card is going to be ridiculous.”
This response from White follows up on a September 10 tweet from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani claiming UFC 245 will feature three title fights.
Speaking of the Dec. 14 ppv, wouldn’t be surprised if they end up with 3 title fights or at the very least 2 on that card (Nunes, Holloway, Usman).
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 10, 2019
The talk of UFC 245 in the interview came with the conversation of an always big name for the UFC, Conor McGregor. McGregor recently made a subtle tweet in regards to the date of UFC 245 and Dublin, Ireland. Rumors and reports in Irish tabloids have speculated it could be referring to a boxing match with Luke Keeler, who has called out McGregor for the last month, on that date.
White, however, has denied hearing such things and believes the tweet was McGregor desiring for the UFC card to be moved to the Irish city, which he isn’t willing to do.
He also adds the promotion owes Las Vegas a big fight card after last year’s New Year’s card, UFC 232, was moved on a week’s notice to Inglewood, California, after Jon Jones was not granted a license to fight by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“I can’t take a show out of Vegas, that’s already booked, and move it to Dublin,” White said. “Vegas is already set for that fight, and we owe Vegas a fight. We have so many a year that we do in Vegas. And we don’t have our New Year’s show anymore, so that’s going to be our last big show for Vegas [for the year].”
McGregor and White have both previously stated the Irish superstar will be returning to the Octagon, and White says it can possibly happen in early 2020. White, however, won’t completely rule out McGregor competing on that December pay-per-view event.
As for what other title fights could take place on December 14, in addition to Nunes vs. de Randamie, BJPenn.com reports a heavily-desired lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson could take place, as well as an anticipated featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski.
Other, but less likely, title fight choices for the event could include Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington for the welterweight title and Weili Zhang defending the women’s strawweight title. Usman, Covington and the UFC have been in contract disputes over their planned title bout, and a top contender has not been named for Zhang, who defeated Jessica Andrade in shocking fashion for her title on August 31.