“UFC Makes History as First Sporting Event to be Hosted at Las Vegas Sphere”

Posted on: November 13, 2023, 04:46h. 

Last updated on: November 13, 2023, 04:46h.

UFC to Debut at Las Vegas Sphere, Dana White Confirms

A computer-generated rendering of how the UFC Octagon might look erected inside the Las Vegas Sphere. (Image: ChatGPT)

Over the weekend, Dana White confirmed that UFC will have its first sports booking debut at the Las Vegas Sphere on September 16. “Mexican Independence Day, we are booked for The Sphere,” White said at the UFC 295 post-fight press conference in New York.

“We are already working on the creative for the show. It’s going to be a massive challenge and I love every minute of it,” White continued, promising the event would be “the greatest live combat sports show anybody has ever seen.”

Fitting an Octagon into a Spherical Hole

White has said that his “great relationship” with Sphere and Madison Square Garden Company chief James Dolan helped put together the deal — though he admitted putting that relationship to the test by “terrorizing him about the Sphere.”

In an interview last month with ESPN’s “Pat McAfee Show,” the UFC chief said that seeing U2’s residency there set his sights on having his company to be the first to broadcast live from the $2.3 billion venue.

UFC has held the majority of its cards in Las Vegas since its first at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2001. Its next, the welterweight title fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington, will be held at T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 16.

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