UFC president Dana White has confirmed that the UFC is looking to host an event with fans in Texas "next month" — this and much more on Friday's social media roundup.
Dana White confirms that the UFC could host an event in Texas "next month"
Earlier this week, the Governor of Texas Greg Abbott confirmed that the state will abolish all COVID-19 rules and restrictions. This leaves the door wide open for things such as maximum capacity concerts and sporting events to be held freely in Texas.
The UFC president Dana White has been all about being first in everything in sports since the COVID-19 pandemic began last March, and White is once again looking at another first as he targets the UFC to host a full capacity event in Texas as early as "next month."
In the video above, White said "As soon as Texas opened, I called. I want to go to Texas ASAP!"
With these comments from White, it seems that one of the UFC's upcoming pay-per-views will have fans in. The pay per view which they will likely have the return of fans in is UFC 261 which is currently headlined by Valentina Shevchenko vs Jessica Andrade.
Having UFC 260, which is headlined by the super fight between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou in Texas seems a bit early for plans to be sorted to hold the event with fans in but really anything is possible.
Are you excited for the return of fans?
Jan Blachowicz rocking the jorts
Who would've thought that one of the scariest men on the planet Jan Blachowicz would be a jorts guy?
Five years ago today
On this exact day five years ago, Nate Diaz shocked the world when he pulled off a huge upset win over Conor McGregor.
This result also saw Diaz produce one of the most infamous post-fight interviews ever.
"I'm not surprised motherf***ers!"— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 5, 2021
5️⃣ years ago today, @NateDiaz209 dropped this now iconic post fight interview with Joe Rogan after defeating Conor McGregor at UFC 196. The energy inside the MGM Grand that night was electric. pic.twitter.com/bR1YGW2UJy
Megan Anderson gets a Twitch partnership
Megan Anderson fights for the UFC women's featherweight title this weekend at UFC 259 against Amanda Nunes, however, in a week where she can shock the world, she has now finally been partnered with Twitch. Anderson, as well as being a fighter is also a Twitch streamer.
Officially Partnered on Twitch -- pic.twitter.com/zRVs1hrTAc— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) March 4, 2021
Dana White still hopeful that Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight again
UFC president Dana White has once again revealed that he is still hopeful that the UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will return and fight once again.
Dana White says they are gonna let some of the top 155 fights play out. He’s not stripping Khabib. “There’s still a chance,” he says.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 4, 2021
Belal Muhammad tries out the Oculus boxing game
After Dana White heavily praised the game last week, UFC welterweight contender Belal Muhammad has tried out the Oculus boxing game.
Muhammad then requested a sponsorship from Oculus.
Khabib Nurmagomedov to corner Islam Makhachev at UFC 259
Islam Makhachev will face off against Drew Dober this weekend at UFC 259. Makhachev's friend and training partner Khabib Nurmagomedov has confirmed that he will be in his corner this upcoming weekend.
Footage of Ben Askren boxing
Footage has been released of Ben Askren training for his upcoming boxing match against YouTuber Jake Paul.
It is fair to say that Askren does not look the smoothest on the pads.
Ben Askren is so screwed ----— The MMA Dude (@philthemmadude) March 4, 2021
Exotic Shirts in MMA
In the past in MMA, we have seen some pretty exotic shirts at press conferences. Conor McGregor is always wearing funky shirts and of course, Jorge Masvidal has a questionable fashion sense, but now Alexander Volkanovski has taken the prize for the best shirt worn by an MMA fighter ever.
You vs The party shirt she told you not to worry about pic.twitter.com/37q4K7aBuU— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) March 5, 2021
Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz face off for the first time
At the UFC 259 pre-fight press conference, Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz faced off for the very first time.