After more than a year without fans in Las Vegas arenas, UFC president Dana White has announced that Nevada has given their blessing to holding events in front of capacity crowds — starting July 10th with the scheduled trilogy bout between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.
Vegas is OPEN!!! Poirier vs McGregor July 10th. tix on sale this week pic.twitter.com/F2VZ0APzrw
— danawhite (@danawhite) April 14, 2021
“What’s up everybody, UFC president Dana White here. I am so happy to finally say Vegas is back!” White announced in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
“This summer, Las Vegas is back open for business and only July 10th UFC 264 will be at the T-Mobile Arena here in Vegas at 100% capacity. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s 20,000 fans and this fight will be headlined by the third fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
“July 10th, UFC 264, T-Mobile Arena here in Las Vegas. Finally, Vegas is open again and you know you’ve been wanting a badass weekend in Vegas, so do not miss it.”
Since the pandemic began last year, the UFC has held events with limited (or no) capacity in their Apex facility in Las Vegas, or the repeated residencies on Abu Dhabi’s ‘Fight Island’ but White had long promised that the UFC would look to return to full capacity events as soon as is possible.
Today’s news proves that Dana White — and UFC fans — have finally got their wish.