White wants Texas UFC events ‘ASAP’: ‘We’ll be first’ to sell out

Dana White is excited to move events to Texas, where businesses are now allowed to operate 100 percent. | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Now that Texas businesses are allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity, Dana …


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Dana White is excited to move events to Texas, where businesses are now allowed to operate 100 percent. | Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Now that Texas businesses are allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity, Dana White wants to capitalize on possible opportunities.

Last month, Dana White announced his plans to put on sold-out events by the summer. At the time, the UFC president had Florida and Las Vegas as his venues of choice.

But on Thursday’s UFC 259 pre-fight press conference, White expressed eagerness in holding future events in the state of Texas.

“I want to go to Texas ASAP. I’ll go in the next two, three weeks. I’m ready to roll,” White told the media in attendance.

“We’ll be first, we’ll open this thing up, we’ll sell it out and be on our way.”

UFC 260, the next PPV event lined up, is currently slated to take place at the company’s APEX facility. But according to White, the said card could also be relocated.

“I’d move this one (UFC 259) if we could,” he said. “I told everybody when this opened up that I would be first and we would go first. And we will.”

So why the excitement over Texas? On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that eases up the state’s COVID-19 restrictions in a major way. Mask mandates are now lifted. All businesses and facilities are now allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity.

“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus. We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent.” an excerpt from Gov. Abbott’s official statement reads.

Upon hearing about these new developments, White immediately made some calls.

“As soon as the governor of Texas said that, I called. Dallas said no and I’m working on Houston. So (we’ll) see if we can get Houston done,” he said.

While COVID-19 cases have declined sharply throughout the United States over the past several weeks including in Texas, the Lone Star State still has the 8th highest rate of infection per capita in the country over the past seven days. It also ranks near the bottom of the nation in vaccination rate.

The last UFC event held in front of a large crowd happened a year ago at UFC 248. It took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with a little over 15,000 people in attendance.

Dana White: TJ Dillashaw Will Have #1-Contender Fight Upon Return

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Former Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is gearing up to make his return following a lengthy suspension after testing positive for PEDs in January of 2019.

During a recent interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC President Dana White shared that the organization was working on a fight for the former champion and that it would have title implications.

“We’re working on something for TJ right now that would line him up, the winner of that fight would fight for the title next,” White shared.

When Dillashaw was suspended in 2019 he held the Bantamweight title and had just come off a knockout loss against Henry Cejudo in his bid for the Flyweight title.

Since then, Dillashaw has shared he is open to returning against any of the top guys and multiple potential opponents have raised their hands to welcome him.

One of these individuals is the number two contender Corey Sandhagen who has accumulated back-to-back highlight-reel knockouts since losing to title challenger Aljamain sterling in 2020. Recently, Sandhagen explained that he wanted to fight Dillashaw and also expressed that he didn’t believe that the former champion should be welcomed back straight into a title fight after testing positive for PEDs.

Also current champion Petr Yan has called for a matchup against Dillashaw should he successfully defend his title at UFC 259 against Sterling. The pair are set to face off in a five-round fight for the title with Aljamain coming in on a lengthy win streak including a first-round finish over Sandhagen.

Other top Bantamweight’s that have called out the former champion include Pedro Munhoz, Jose Aldo, and Cody Garbrandt.

As White shared that a bout is in the works it is more than likely that this opponent will come from one of the top-ranked Bantamweights who are not currently booked.

Who do you believe this mystery opponent is for Dillashaw?

Swanson vs Chikadze Booked For May 1 UFC Event

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Cub Swanson was in talks to face Gavin Tucker at a planned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night event on May 1, but after Tucker was pegged to replace Ryan Hall against Dan Ige a…


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Cub Swanson was in talks to face Gavin Tucker at a planned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Fight Night event on May 1, but after Tucker was pegged to replace Ryan Hall against Dan Ige at UFC Vegas 21 on March 13, the promotion decided to look elsewhere.

According to MMA Junkie, Swanson will instead face Giga Chikadze on May 1, though a location for the ESPN+-streamed event has yet to be announced.

Swanson has won two straight over Kron Gracie and Daniel Pineda, who he defeated at UFC 256 in Dec. 2020, which was a year removed from his impressive win over Gracie. It’s a nice turnaround for the longtime veteran, who had dropped four in a row prior to getting back on track.

Chikadze, meanwhile, is one of the hottest Featherweights in town, winning seven straight including his first five fights under the UFC banner. Four of those wins came in an eight-month span in 2020.

The event is expected to be headlined by a Light Heavyweight bout between Jiri Prochazka taking on Dominick Reyes. In further 205-pound action, Krzysztof Jotko takes on Sean Strickland.

Video: Cody Garbrandt gets kicked off flight over mask dispute

Cody Garbrandt speaks with media at UFC 250. | Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Cody Garbrandt shares a video in which he got into an altercation with Southwest Airlines staff over a mask dispute involving his two-year-old …


Cody Garbrandt is interviewed backstage during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cody Garbrandt speaks with media at UFC 250. | Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC

Cody Garbrandt shares a video in which he got into an altercation with Southwest Airlines staff over a mask dispute involving his two-year-old son.

Cody Garbrandt was recently removed from a Southwest Airlines flight over a mask dispute involving his two-year-old son.

Garbrandt shared footage of the incident in which he appears to get into a verbal confrontation with cabin crew while also filming two staff members not wearing masks.

“Kicking a two year old off a plane ride but your captains aren’t wearing their masks, while we all are full capacity sharing the same air! What a joke. Fuck @southwestair got kicked off because my 2 year old son wouldn’t put his mask over his face. This coward flight attendant hid his bitch ass in the bathroom”.

Southwest Airlines responded with the following statement (h/t MMA Junkie), claiming that every person aged two and above is required to wear a mask at all times.

“We regret this family experienced any inconvenience during their travel. However, federal law requires Southwest to ensure every person age 2 and over to wear a mask at all times throughout a flight, including during boarding and deplaning. In this situation, the customers opted not to fly on Southwest, and they were offered a full refund of their tickets.”

The airline states on its website that “a properly worn mask completely covers the nose and mouth, is secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head, and fits snugly against the side of the face”.

Garbrandt tested positive for COVID-19 in October and has been sidelined since after suffering with long-term complications. The former UFC bantamweight champion is now thought to be fully recovered, however, and is expected to return to the octagon sometime later this year.

‘No Love’ last fought at UFC 250 in June 2020 when he scored a highlight reel knockout of top-ten bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao.

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