Since the pandemic hit, the UFC has been hosting their ‘Fight Night’ events from the comfort of home at their own APEX facility in Las Vegas, but according to Dana White they are aiming to start travelling again in the near future.
“We’ve got to get back on the road,” White said after the UFC Fight Night 196 event this past weekend. “We’ve got to start going to places like Oklahoma and all these other small towns that we do Fight Nights in. We eventually have to get back to work. I’m looking forward to it. Sooner than later.”
That being said, White admits it’s been good to just keep things simple and convenient over the past year-and-a-half.
“All this stuff is up and down, week to week,” White said. “We were just having a conversation at the office yesterday …The Contender [Series] starts at 5 p.m. and at 5:03 p.m. I leave my office, watch some great fights and go home and have dinner. [Saturday] we got to see Costa vs. Vettori here.
“This is the equivalent of sitting home in your underwear and doing a Zoom call for work. It’s awesome, it’s nice and it’s great. But this can’t keep happening.”
All this year’s remaining Fight Night shows are still scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, but it remains to be seen if they’ll move further afield early in 2022, with no destinations having been confirmed so far for the series, which begins with UFC Fight Night 200 on January 15th.