For the first time since UFC 248 on March 7th, the UFC will return to Las Vegas.
Since the pandemic began, Dana White has wanted to host shows at their APEX facility in the city but regulations by Nevada had prevented that. At a Wednesday state athletic commission meeting, they approved both this Saturday’s show and UFC 250 on June 6th in what was essentially a formality given the timeframe.
UFC made adjustments to their COVID-19 procedures following their three show return in Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month. The NAC also approved those procedures, but many of the details are still unknown as White has previously aired concerns about sharing information with the media.
Assuming things go well from a health standpoint on those two shows, APEX will be the primary U.S.-based home for the UFC until it makes financial sense to run shows in other cities. On the international front, it was rumored this week that “Fight Island” is actually Yas Island, a massive entertainment facility in Abu Dhabi, a facility that will feature cards with all international fighters until they are cleared to return to business as usual. In both cases, running shows with fans could be quite some time away.
White has said they will meet all their commitments for events in 2020 despite having to cancel five shows due to the pandemic. The aforementioned UFC 248 was their last event with any gate revenue.
Saturday’s 11-fight show will feature Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns in the main event while UFC 250 will feature featherweight champion Amanda Nunes vs. Felicia Spencer in the main event.