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Dana White reportedly moves UFC 249 to California tribal land

Sherdog reporter Jeff Sherwood reported Tuesday that UFC president Dana White has moved UFC 249 to the Tachi Casino Resort in central California.

The casino resort is owned by the Tachi-Yokut Tribe, part of the Santa Rosa Indian Community. It is near the city of Lemoore.

MMA events have been hosted at the Tachi casino resort in the past, most notably by the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has no jurisdiction there, which allows the UFC to wiggle around the state’s executive stay-at-home order and the CSAC’s cancelling of all fights through May 31 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The commission echoes the guidance of California Governor Gavin Newsom, the Department of Public Health, local health officials, and the recommendations of the Association of Ringside Physicians regarding the cancellation of events where people may be at risk of contracting COVID-19 and encourages the industry to do the same,” the CSAC said in a prepared statement. “The commission will not participate in the U.F.C. event on April 18, regardless of the event location.”

White has not officially confirmed the venue location for UFC 249.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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