01 Jan Dana White confirms the UFC will move shows to Arizona if Las Vegas doesn’t re-open
Arizona is welcoming professional sports back to the state and the UFC might just accept the invitation.
On Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that Arizona would invite professional sports leagues to play there following stay-at-home orders to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“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 said.
Now it appears the UFC might be one of the first major organizations to go to Arizona thanks in large part to the state of Nevada remaining shut down for the time being.
Ideally, the UFC would like to move all events back to their APEX facility in Las Vegas but Nevada currently has a ban on all combat sports with no clear cut date on when that order will be lifted.
If Nevada isn’t an option, UFC President Dana White already has plans to call Arizona home… at least for the time being.
“That’s where I’ll go,” White confirmed when asked about bringing the UFC to Arizona at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 8 post-fight press conference. “That’s 100 percent where I’ll go.”
Arizona has hosted numerous UFC events in the past with the last show taking place in February 2019 in Phoenix when Francis Ngannou finished former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in the main event.
With a planned show on May 30, the UFC is holding out hope that a decision will be made to allow them to return home to Las Vegas but if that isn’t possible it’s clear White is ready to move the entire show to Arizona as their schedule moves forward in 2020.