White Interested In Arizona If Nevada Is Unavailable To Host Fights
Following three events in Florida last week, the UFC is looking to capitalize on its success. Will they be staying inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for the foreseeable future? If UFC President Dana White has his way, a road trip out of Florida will be in the UFC’s plans.
During the UFC on ESPN 8 post-fight press conference, White discussed Arizona as an alternative for fight nights if Nevada is not available to house the company. Nevada is currently the home of the UFC’s APEX Center.
“If we can’t get May 30 at the Apex, it’s going to be super disappointing, but we will go somewhere else,” White stated, via ESPN. Regarding Arizona: “That’s 100% where I’ll go.”
Currently, the Nevada Athletic Commission has barred all combat sports from taking place as a result of the coronavirus. While they are hoping to get a resolution done when it comes to safety guidelines, it is unknown when the commission will come to a decision.
Arizona has become one of the latest states to allow sports to take place in it. Major League Baseball had initial discussions to hold games in the state and continues to work out plans with players and owners. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has given the green light for sports in the area after May 16, lifting some regulations on stay-at-home orders. The UFC is one of those entities that would be welcomed.
“We have had discussions with leaders with some of these leagues, and they all know they are welcome to operate, play and perform in the state of Arizona,” Ducey stated, via MMA Fighting.
The UFC is hoping to have a fight night on May 30. A rumored fight is a welterweight scrap between Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns. If they were able to utilize the testing plans that were done throughout last week, Arizona could end up being another home away from home.