If UFC president Dana White has his method, the promotion will pass all out for Conor McGregor’s go back – even though chances are you’ll simply imagine it again to commonplace.
On Thursday, McGregor signed a bout settlement making his anticipated rematch with Dustin Poirer professional for UFC 257 on Jan. 23. Whilst the development does no longer have an formally designated location, White would adore it to happen on “Struggle Island” in Abu Dhabi with all of the works.
“I’m taking a look to make it Global Struggle Week,” White advised Barstool Sports activities. “The brand new Ethiad Enviornment will likely be open, and that factor was once designed with us in thoughts. Concert events, pool events, a wide variety of cool stuff. And, sure, I am hoping to carry lovers again. … That’s what I’m capturing for.”
Since its Would possibly go back following a temporary shutdown brought about through the coronavirus pandemic, the UFC has operated occasions with out lovers. It began with UFC 249 and a string of 3 occasions in 8 days in at VyStar Memorial Enviornment in Jacksonville, Fla. Since then, the UFC has run near-weekly occasions on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, in addition to Flash Discussion board on “Struggle Island,” which has hosted two separate five-week stints.
Preferably, White mentioned he’d like a “Struggle Island” model of Global Struggle Week to incorporate more than one presentations.
“What I’d care to do is we’ll get there, and do it Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday fights,” White mentioned. “… We pass available in the market and kill it.”
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As of now, the UFC has a Struggle Night time headlined through Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 16 to head with UFC 257 the next Saturday.
White’s want comes at a time when COVID-19 continues to be a global drawback, with numbers surging to new highs within the U.S. in fresh weeks. The U.S. is as much as just about 12 million general instances and 252,000 deaths. Vital development has been made on a vaccine, however logistical demanding situations stay for broad distribution.
From the beginning of the pandemic, White was once desperate to push thru with occasions. His want to head giant for McGregor’s go back must come as no wonder. He believes the UFC is able to pulling it off safely.
“It could be excellent to have lovers. And the item is, from ‘Struggle Island’ we will get lovers all over the place the arena there. It’s a very simple vacation spot to get to, a amusing vacation spot to visit, and we will simply (expletive) blow the doorways off this factor,” White mentioned.
He endured, “I’m able for some fights with lovers. I’m able to visit a reside live performance. I’m able to have some events. I’m gonna pass to all this shit. I need to mingle with the lovers once more. I would like the lovers again. We’ve figured this complete factor out in the past. We’ll determine find out how to do do that safely and pull this factor off in Abu Dhabi.”