The state of Texas and its rolling back of COVID-19 restrictions has caught the attention of UFC president Dana White.
Speaking at the UFC 259 pre-fight press conference Thursday, White said that he is working on Houston as a possible location to hold UFC event, as soon as in the next two to there weeks.
“Yes, as soon as the governor of Texas said that, I called,” White said to reporters. “Dallas said no. I’m working on Houston. We’ll see if we can get Houston done. I want to go to Texas ASAP. I’ll go in the next two, three weeks. I’m ready to roll. We’ll be first. We’ll open this thing up. We’ll sell it out and be on our way.”
That could include the UFC 260 pay-per-view, which is scheduled for March 27 and UFC 261, which is set for April 24.
The UFC currently holds its events at its own UFC Apex in Las Vegas, with international events held in Abu Dhabi at Fight Island.
Texas has held combat sports events since October 2020 with 50 per cent restricted occupancy with COVID-19 safety measures, but governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday he is looking to “open Texas 100 per cent.”
Abbott also announced his intentions to roll back the current statewide mask directive and conditions on business occupancy via an executive order.
Texas joined Iowa, Montana, Mississippi, and Alabama in rolling back COVID-19 protocols this week.to roll back COVID-19 mandates this week. Mississippi, Alabama, Montana, and Iowa are the other four.
UFC 259 is scheduled for Saturday March 6 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Middleweight champ Israel Adesanya takes on light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz in the main event.