Over the past few months the UFC have made it clear that holding an event in Scotland is now, “a priority,” but despite strong rumors that UFC Fight Night 25 would be held in Glasgow at the Braehead Arena, nothing has been finalized yet.
Speaking to Fighters Only Magazine, the UFC’s UK president Marshall Zelaznik admits that there’s still issues that could delay such an event taking place.
“In order to make our events run generally you need all the pieces of the puzzle to come together, and one of the major pieces is the US TV dates availability. For better or worse we really are a slave to the US TV dates in regards to international planning,” Zelaznik said.
“If the US TV date doesn’t coincide with the date we have targeted for a particular venue, we have to look elsewhere. In relation to the Scotland event I think that’s exactly what happened. We had targeted a UK and Abu Dhabi event for the first quarter of 2011, but the dates didn’t work and we ended up filling that with an Australian card.”
The good news for Scottish fans is that the UFC are not going back on there word to bring a live event to the country.
“We are still holding dates at the Braehead Arena and Scotland is still a priority, we just need to figure out when we can get there. The reality is it won’t be the first quarter of 2011, but the second quarter is still a real possibility.”
The size of the Braehead Arena, which has a capacity of just 5,200, is also likely to be an issue for the promotion, ruling out the possibility of holding a numbered UFC event there. That means Scotland will have to wait until a suitable Fight Night slot that fits in with their schedule becomes available.
With that in mind the UFC may return to the UK elsewhere, such as Liverpool, Manchester or London first before going north of the border at a later date.