Big UFC Events Coming To Las Vegas Stadium?

Construction is still going strong on Las Vegas Nevada’s new stadium, which reportedly cost $1.8 billion and is set to open in August of 2020. While the new digs are set up specifically for the arrival of the Raiders NFL football team, as …

Construction is still going strong on Las Vegas Nevada’s new stadium, which reportedly cost $1.8 billion and is set to open in August of 2020. While the new digs are set up specifically for the arrival of the Raiders NFL football team, as well as for the UNLV Rebels, the possibilities are endless as to what kind of events can take place in the 65,000 seat stadium.

According to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) chief operations officer, Lawrence Epstein, the promotion could host big events there moving forward.

“The boxing and MMA events that have gone elsewhere … we’ve done events in Australia and Brazil and Canada that if we would have had a facility here in Las Vegas, we would have done [here],” Epstein told MMA Junkie.

“There have been events at (AT&T) Stadium (in Arlington, Texas) – big boxing events there. There’s no reason why those events wouldn’t have come to Las Vegas. I think combat sports is going to have a home in this facility.”

“The stadium events are going to be special events,” he said. “They’re going to be that event that warrants this huge crowd and the ability to sell tickets associated with 65,000-seat stadiums.”

Once T-Mobile Arena opened in 2016, it became the home to all big UFC events, which were previously held at MGM Grand Garden Arena and Mandalay Bay Events Center. But just because “Sin City” is going to get a brand new stadium, doesn’t mean UFC will switch homes again.

“We’re still going to be the vast majority of our events at the T-Mobile Arena. We love the facility. The management team is incredible. We do events around the world, and I think it’s the best arena in the world,” added Epstein, who is the vice chairman of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board.

“So we love doing events there and of course, it’s in our home town. We’re going to continue to do the vast majority of our events at the T-Mobile. But for those big, special events, we’re going to look at the (new stadium) and see what we can do there.”

Indeed, UFC has often teased a big event to be staged in Jerry Jones’ massive AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, which can easily sit over 100,000 people. While WWE has staged and event there before, UFC has yet to lock it down. But it seem the home of the Dallas Cowboys will unlikely get to host a big UFC event once Las Vegas Stadium opens up.

Of course, it’s easy to assume Conor McGregor would likely headline the first-ever UFC event in order to make it a success at the ticket counter.

This is what the stadium is expected to look like after completion (courtesy of Raiders.com).


Diaz looks in great shape ahead of UFC 241

Nate Diaz is looking shredded ahead of his return to the Octagon at UFC 241. It appears Nate Diaz is taking his return to the UFC very seriously.
Diaz, a former UFC lightweight title challenger, has been out of action for almost three year…

Nate Diaz is looking shredded ahead of his return to the Octagon at UFC 241.

It appears Nate Diaz is taking his return to the UFC very seriously.

Diaz, a former UFC lightweight title challenger, has been out of action for almost three years but the 34-year-old looks to be in great shape ahead of his highly anticipated co-headlining welterweight bout against Anthony Pettis at UFC 241.

Diaz had previously looked ‘soft’ at welterweight but the Stockton local appears to have gained some muscle mass in preparation for UFC 241.

Just take a look at the image below, courtesy of Ross Edmonds.

Diaz last fought back in August 2016, when he dropped a majority decision to former two-division champ Conor McGregor at UFC 202. Prior to that, the Californian submitted McGregor with a rear-naked choke in the second round of the UFC 196 main event at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic II takes place later this year, August 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Jared Cannonier Wants Kelvin Gastelum For UFC Mexico City

Jared Cannonier is tired of waiting. Cannonier competed back in May against Anderson Silva. He won the bout via TKO when Silva’s leg gave way. While it has only been one month since that bout, “The Killa Gorilla” claims no one is step…

Jared Cannonier is tired of waiting. Cannonier competed back in May against Anderson Silva. He won the bout via TKO when Silva’s leg gave way. While it has only been one month since that bout, “The Killa Gorilla” claims no one is stepping up to fight him. While Cannonier isn’t one to talk trash, he […]

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Moicano eyes FotY outing against Korean Zombie

Featherweight contender Renato ‘Moicano’ Carneiro expects an exciting fight against the ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung at UFC Greenville. Featherweight contender Renato Moicano wants to bounce back from his TKO loss to former champion Jose…

Renato Moicano

Featherweight contender Renato ‘Moicano’ Carneiro expects an exciting fight against the ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung at UFC Greenville.

Featherweight contender Renato Moicano wants to bounce back from his TKO loss to former champion Jose Aldo in unforgettable fashion. Paired up against Chan Sung Jung, one of the most aggressive and exciting men in the 145 lb division, the Brazilian tells Combate he could easily see their UFC Greenville bout go down as the best fight of the year.

Moicano says he prides himself on always asking the UFC for tough opponents, and believes that a win over a fan-favorite such as the ‘Korean Zombie’ would be beneficial for his record.

“He’s a tough guy. He’s not well ranked because he didn’t fight so much for the past three years, but he’s tough. I always ask the UFC for the best fighters, and I think he will help me get more recognition. Everyone knows ‘The Korean Zombie.’ He has this cool nickname, he has this aggressive style, and this fight is a candidate for fight of the night. Even fight of the year. That’s what I want. I want to put on a show.”

In his last outing, in February, the American Top Team fighter (13-2-1) was TKO’d by former champion Jose Aldo in a fight that could have secured the 30-year-old a title shot had he walked out victorious. However, Moicano claims to have learned quite a bit from the loss and blames the negative outcome on losing focus in the middle of the fight.

“You keep imagining these big champions. They’re huge! But they’re people like us. So I started to fight him, I moved, I watched him move. I watched him react to my strikes, and I thought to myself ‘Damn, this guy is a guy just like me’. That made me lose focus a little bit. That fight taught me that, once you get in there, you have to go all the way without thinking. That’s the key. You must be focused. You must always respect your opponent, but you can’t get involved in the fight. I think that’s what I learned.”

Before the loss to Aldo, Moicano was on a two-fight winning streak, with victories over Cub Swanson and Calvin Kattar. UFC Fight Night 154 is set for Greenville, South Carolina, on June 22. Moicano vs. Chan Sung is expected for the main event. A rematch between John Lineker and Rob Font is scheduled for the co-main. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and notes as the card approaches.

Hernandez Vs. Trinaldo Set For UFC ‘San Antonio’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced the booking of a highly-intriguing Lightweight matchup that will see up-and-coming prospect Alexander Hernandez take on Francisco Trinaldo at UFC on ESPN 4 on July 20, 2019 in San Ant…

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently announced the booking of a highly-intriguing Lightweight matchup that will see up-and-coming prospect Alexander Hernandez take on Francisco Trinaldo at UFC on ESPN 4 on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.

Hernandez saw his eight-fight unbeaten streak snapped at the hands of Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 1 earlier this year (highlights), losing to “Cowboy” via knockout so suffer his first loss in nearly six years.

Prior to that, “The Great” had scored impressive back-to-back wins over Beneil Dariush and Olivier Aubin-Mercier and seemed poised to be a potential contender in the division.

Trinaldo, meanwhile, hasn’t competed since last September, defeating Evan Dunham at UFC Fight Night 137. With 18 fights inside the Octagon, Trinaldo will be yet another seasoned veteran thrown at the 26-year old Alexander, who is currently holding down the No. 13 spot on the official UFC rankings.

UFC on ESPN 4 will be headlined by a Welterweight matchup that will see Rafael dos Anjos attempt to get back-to-back wins for the first time in a long time when he faces off against the scorching hot Leon Edwards. Also, Greg Hardy will face Juan Adams, while Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell get it on one more time in Heavyweight action.

To see who else is competing at UFC on ESPN 4: “Dos Anjos vs Edwards” click here.

Brunson: Theodorou’s Release Unrelated to Fighting Style

Elias Theodorou’s final UFC fight took place in a bout against Derek Brunson at UFC Ottawa. Brunson was the victor, and Theodorou was swiftly given the axe after the loss. The release of Theodorou has been a talking point around the MMA community, spec…

Elias Theodorou’s final UFC fight took place in a bout against Derek Brunson at UFC Ottawa. Brunson was the victor, and Theodorou was swiftly given the axe after the loss. The release of Theodorou has been a talking point around the MMA community, specifically adding fuel to the “sport vs. entertainment” debate. After all, the […]

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