‘15,000 Fans!’- Dana White Announces Huge News to Shake up the UFC Universe

Published 03/15/2021, 10:47 PM EDT


One of the factors that makes UFC events so exciting is the fans. The outburst of emotions to a spectacular knockout or a big upset is unparalleled. And for the better part of the past year, fans have been absent from the sport due to circumstances out of their control. 

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UFC 248 was the last event to have a packed crowd. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has meant that not only the UFC but other sports have also had to continue without fans. However, all that is about to change.

It was recently announced that the UFC will be heading to Florida for UFC 261 and for the first time since UFC 248, it will host an event in front of a packed crowd. 

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The UFC and Dana White pave the way once again with UFC 261 

The UFC recently posted a video on Twitter. In the video, Dana White said, “What’s up everybody, UFC president Dana White here. And I have been waiting a year for this day to tell you we are back, UFC 261 on April 24th will be in Jacksonville, Florida with a full house of fans. Full capacity at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena.”

“And you know I’m bringing an incredible card. We have three title fights, the welterweight championship, Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal two….. This is a stacked card in front of 15,000 UFC fans….. Ladies and gentlemen, we are back…. And I just want to say thank you Jacksonville I love you guys and we will see you soon.”

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The lockdown meant the death of live events. However, White and the UFC found a way to host events safely with appropriate protocols in place.

The first few events were held at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena where the UFC now returns. The only difference is that this time around, there will be 15,000 fans to witness the action live. 

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

To welcome fans back, the UFC has stacked three title fights on the same card, which is not common in the UFC. What do you make of the card at UFC 261? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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