Conor McGregor’s return to the UFC is now set! After months of anxiously waiting, MMA fans around the world have finally received word of where the Irish superstar will be making his comeback. UFC President Dana White has announced that Las Vegas is officially set as the UFC 264 location.
To make things even more exciting, McGregor vs. Poirier 3 will be taking place inside the T-Mobile Arena in front of a sold-out crowd! Now is a great time to talk about what has led to the UFC booking this mega-fight in Las Vegas.
Here’s what you need to know!
More Restrictions are Being Lifted in Las Vegas
Many individuals in the city of Las Vegas are celebrating right now. For more than a year, intense health regulations have been set in place here. These have ended up taking a devastating toll on many of the city’s businesses.
The global health crisis that unfolded last year impacted Las Vegas more than any other US city. The tourism industry was completely shut down here for months. As a result, a massive number of individuals here lost their jobs and gaming revenue in the city reached new lows.
Nevada’s health situation has improved in recent months and tourism numbers are up considerably. As a result, Governor Steve Sisolak has begun slowly lifting many of the restrictions set in place here. This week, he made a huge announcement that has many individuals excited.
Sisolak claims that by June 1, he believes each of the state’s counties will be able to operate at 100% capacity.
“It’s what we do now that will allow us to return to more normal Nevada on June 1 and focus on a strong economic recovery — remaining vigilant, wearing a mask, and most importantly, getting vaccinated as soon as possible,” Sisolak said. “I’m not interested in who gets credit. This is the first piece of good news that I’m able to deliver in a long time.”
Some have expressed concern that this could end up reversing much of the progress the state has made here. Others believe Las Vegas needs to fully open in order to survive. It’s a complicated issue and one that continues to be debated.
This news has clearly reached officials within the UFC. We’re now hearing more about the promotion’s big plans to hold events here this summer.
Las Vegas is Set as the UFC 264 Location
The UFC was the first major sports league to resume its operations after the mass shutdowns back in March of 2020. Initially, the promotion faced a huge amount of criticism for holding events. As time went on, many of the country’s biggest sports leagues followed their model.
The UFC hasn’t slowed since. Over the past year, it’s held events throughout the US and in Abu Dhabi. There have been some major hiccups along the way. Overall, however, the UFC has succeeded and is more popular now than ever before.
Many fans have been eagerly waiting on news of Conor McGregor’s return. The Irish star was knocked out by Dustin Poirier in January and has been preparing for another fight against him. This week, UFC President Dana White revealed the UFC 264 location to his followers on social media. The big fight will be taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 10.
Check out the big announcement below!
Vegas is OPEN!!! Poirier vs McGregor July 10th. tix on sale this week pic.twitter.com/F2VZ0APzrw
— danawhite (@danawhite) April 14, 2021
This news comes shortly after Governor Sisolak’s reveal that Las Vegas will soon be fully reopening. Dana White has been asserting that he would begin holding events again as soon as possible. It now appears he is finally ready to pull the trigger here.
UFC 264 is likely to be the biggest MMA event of 2021. It’s set to be headlined by the trilogy between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. The undercard is likely stacked as well with exciting matchups.
Tickets for this event are set to go on sale this week. Most expect them to completely sell out within just a few days. We’ll be sure to offer more information on this massive bout over the next few weeks!
Atlantic City is Set to Host MMA Events Soon
Las Vegas is far from the only city to struggle economically since last year. This major casino hub saw record-low revenue figures over the course of 2020. Like Las Vegas, it also seemed to be recovering right now.
Tourism numbers here are beginning to increase. The casinos here are expanding their operating hours and capacity limits are expanding. Many expect a successful summer for the East Coast’s biggest gaming hub.
In July, Atlantic City will be the host city for the upcoming PFL season. The Professional Fighters League has grown to become one of the biggest MMA promotions in the US. Its 2021 season is shaping up to be its biggest in history.
This entire season will be held at the Ocean Casino Resort. This is one of the biggest and most popular gaming venues in the city. Not long ago, news broke that the Ilitch family had agreed to purchase a major stake in this property.
There is a lot happening in Atlantic City right now. It wouldn’t be a shock to see similar measures here to what is being implemented in Las Vegas. We’ll be sure to offer more information on the revenue figures here as the year goes on.
Are you excited to hear about the UFC 264 location? Do you plan on seeing this fight card live? Let us know in the comments section below!