UFC returns to Vegas

Austin Gatlin

April 15, 2021

The UFC returns to Las Vegas. UFC 264 will be held at T- Mobile arena with 100% capacity available. The trilogy fight of Conor McGregor- Dustin Poirier headlines the fight card.

UFC 264 will mark the UFC’s return to sin city in over a year. On July 10th Conor McGregor will fight Dustin Poirier in a trilogy bout at T- Mobile Arena. A full capacity of 20,000 people is being allowed, announced the UFC and the state of Nevada. McGregor and Poirier last fought in January of this year (2021). Poirier won by TKO in the second round. The fighters first fought in 2014 which McGregor won. Poirier opted for a trilogy fight with McGregor rather than fighting for the vacant Lightweight belt due to the retirement of former long-time lightweight champ and UFC great Khabib Nurmagomedov a few months ago. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Las Vegas closed, UFC president Dana White made “Fight Island”. All fights throughout the pandemic have happened on fight island which is located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Many say the UFC adapted to the pandemic and shutdowns the best out of all professional sports organizations and leagues, and the UFC can certainly back up those claims. Fights continued and fans could still watch on pay-per-view. The announcement from UFC president Dana White came right after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the goal of removed social distancing by May 1st and opening the state 100% by June 1st. As of now the state of Nevada still has its mask mandate in place and Governor Sisolak says it will remain that way even though the June 1st opening. While the UFC is excited to return to their most popular city, the first return to the states on April 24th in Jacksonville, Florida for UFC 261.