Dana White: UFC will christen $375 million Las Vegas Arena, will likely add Sin City dates


LAS VEGAS – While boxing’s Golden Boy Promotions will likely make a strong bid for the honor, UFC President Dana White insists the UFC will host the first sporting event inside the $375 million Las Vegas Arena, which is set to open in 2016.

On Thursday, White told USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie that officials at MGM Resorts International, who along with entertainment mogul AEG are building the the new multipurpose venue, have promised him the UFC will host the first sporting event in the new building – even after Golden Boy Promotions’ Richard Schaefer said he would like to use top pound-for-pound boxer Floyd Mayweather to christen the facility.

“MGM already promised me the first date,” White said with a smile. “I don’t care what Schaefer says.”

The 650,000-square-foot Las Vegas Arena will seat 20,000 fans for combat sports events. Groundbreaking on the project took place today in Las Vegas, and the arena is set to open in Spring 2016.

The privately-funded project will not make any use of tax dollars to complete the venue.

White said once Las Vegas Arena is open, the UFC will continue to look at the city’s MGM Grand Garden Arena and Mandalay Bay Events Center as potential host sites for the promotion’s events, but with a modern facility in place, the company may look to visit Sin City more frequently than called for on the current schedule.

“It will definitely open more dates for us,” White said. “Plus, the one thing this town needed really bad was a state-of-the-art arena. … Whether it’s the Internet service or the production, all of these things are very important in putting on a world-class show, and it’s all going to change when this thing is built.

“It’s a game-changer for everybody – for the fans, for the people that are putting on the shows, and obviously for the city.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 27 days ago
  • 29 views

How low can you go? Well, it's not the Bryan Caraway match up he was asking for, but that hasn't stopped Manny Gamburyan from dropping to 135 pounds. In fact, "The Manvil" recently put pen to paper c read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 94 views

"Save the date." Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) released a sneak peek at the upcoming poster for its UFC 178: "Jones vs. Cormier" pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is set to go down inside MGM Gr read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 51 views

The manager for the younger Diaz Brother was a guest on Submission Radio and updated fans on various fights the Nate Diaz camp has asked for and the status of negotiations with the UFC. Following an read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 40 views

Ahead of next month’s big UFC 178 pay-per-view, fans are invited to today’s “Ultimate Media Day” featuring four of the event’s big names. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 294 views

No more Mr. Nice Guy! Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski is welcome back to the Octagon with open arms. Fellow ex-division kingpin Tim Sylvia is not. Not read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 361 views

LAS VEGAS -- At UFC 178 media day, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier exchanged shots during the promotion of the event Monday afternoon. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 236 views

LAS VEGAS – In what will go down as arguably the biggest pre-fight scuffle in UFC history, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and upcoming challenger Daniel Cormier got into in a big way on Monday. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 109 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Daniel Cormier engaged in a brief scuffle during Monday’s UFC media event at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 319 views

These two hate each other's guts. And that makes for a great fight! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is kicking off its media campaign for the upcoming UFC 178: "Jones vs. Cormier" mixed martial read news >>