In a groundbreaking move, UFC has secured its first-ever sports booking at the Las Vegas Sphere. Dana White, the chief of UFC, announced during the UFC 295 post-fight press conference in New York that the organization has confirmed a card at the innovative globe-shaped venue on September 16th. White expressed his enthusiasm for the event, which is set to take place on Mexican Independence Day.
The news was met with excitement, as it marks a significant milestone for the Las Vegas Sphere, which has been making waves with its unique design and state-of-the-art features. White did not reveal specific details about the event but promised that it would be “the greatest live combat sports show anybody has ever seen.”
White attributed the successful booking to his “great relationship” with James Dolan, the chief of Sphere and the Madison Square Garden Company. He humorously admitted to “terrorizing” Dolan about the Sphere, highlighting his determination to secure the venue for the prestigious event. White’s determination was fueled by his visit to the Sphere, where he was inspired by U2’s residency, and he wanted UFC to be the first to broadcast live from the $2.3 billion venue.
Describing the Sphere as “incredible,” White expressed his excitement about the possibilities of hosting a UFC event in the world’s largest domed theater. This move signifies a significant shift for UFC, which has historically held the majority of its cards in Las Vegas since its debut at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2001.
The upcoming welterweight title fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on December 16. However, the highly anticipated event at the Las Vegas Sphere is already generating buzz within the combat sports community. This strategic move by UFC demonstrates its commitment to pushing the boundaries and delivering groundbreaking experiences for fans.
The announcement comes on the heels of UFC’s Mexican Independence Day event, held at T-Mobile Arena. The event featured a women’s flyweight championship bout between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko, which ended in a split draw, with Grasso retaining her title. With UFC’s foray into the Las Vegas Sphere, the future of sports and entertainment experiences is poised to reach new heights.