The UFC base in Las Vegas could host live fights starting next month, said Dana White.
UFC APEX, which hosted Dana White’s Contender series last season, could be the site of UFC events for some time. MMA Fighting reported on Tuesday that the promotion was aimed at May 9 for a return to action.
In an email to Variety, White said that UFC APEX could host these events as soon as possible.
“We built the APEX facility next door just in time to save the world from this pandemic,” said White. “Live fights will be produced from there starting next month and for the foreseeable future. “
White did not specify when the chain of events at APEX would start, as the targeted May 9 event has no place yet.
Currently, Nevada is subject to a residence order for non-essential businesses until April 30. According to the Variety report, the UFC expects the lockout to be “eased in the coming month” so that these events take place behind closed doors to the public.
If Nevada was not an option for the May 9 event and beyond, it looks like Florida could be a favorite for hosting the next battle maps.
A new order issued by Governor Ron DeSantis approved a list of “essential services”, including “employees of professional sports and media production with a national audience – including athletes, artists, production crew , management, media and others necessary to facilitate the inclusion of services supporting such production – only if the location is closed to the general public. “
In an email statement to MMA Fighting from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, they confirmed that they would be willing to host events as long as the guidelines are followed.
If the May 9 event progresses, three title fights will take place. Tony Ferguson is scheduled to meet Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title, Henry Cejudo will defend the bantamweight title against former champion Dominick Cruz and Amanda Nunes will defend his featherweight belt for the first time against Felicia Spencer.