UFC president Dana White has announced that the promotion’s UFC 261 event will take place in front of a full crowd in Jacksonville, Florida.
“I have been waiting a year for this day to tell you: We are back,” White said during the announcement video on Twitter.
UFC 261 is scheduled for April 24 at the VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville and will feature a bizarre welterweight rematch as the main event.
Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal will face each other again on the night. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko will face Jessica Andrade in a Women’s Flyweight Championship bout. And before then, strawweight champion Weili Zhang will defend her title against Rose Namajunas.
UFC 261 will also be the first time in over a year that the promotion has been able to host fights in front of a full crowd. And that’s where the problems lie. The pandemic hasn’t magically disappeared. It’s still happening and it’s still having an impact on Floridians. It’s clearly too soon to rush back to having full-capacity sporting events but that clearly won’t stop Dana White and the UFC’s in their relentless pursuit for maximum profits.
In this video, Ant Walker, Matthew Wells, and Drake Riggs focus specifically on the UFC’s idea to host this stacked UFC 261 fight card in a packed arena in Florida. What do you think? Are you excited to have fans back in the arena? Or would you prefer to just see the UFC stick to safely hosting events in the UFC APEX facility until it’s safe to once again have a full crowd in attendance for sporting events?
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Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.