Dana White Reveals UFC APEX Has Already Hosted the Second Most Events in UFC History

Published 04/13/2021, 11:45 AM EDT
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Dana White was one of the boldest businessmen during the harrowing year of 2020 in the world of sports. After COVID-19 reached a pandemic level and sports across the world shut down, White kept devising plans to make sure the UFC can safely keep doing their shows.

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White tried to hold shows in places where the government couldn’t shut him down before ESPN had to. But the second restriction started easing up, the UFC became one of the first major sports programs to return from the pandemic. They did it at their Performance Institute in the UFC APEX for UFC 249. The UFC has regularly put on shows since and tallied an impressive record at the APEX.

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Between UFC 249 and UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs Holland, the UFC have had 31 events at the APEX. Along with that, Fight Island already being #7 on the list shows how the UFC ensured their survival and profitability by operating out of situations they could control. With UFC 261 being the first card back with fans in the USA, the APEX most likely won’t get to cross the legendary MGM Grand.

Dana White: Saved his company by establishing the APEX?

Dana White never intended for the APEX to be what it had become over the last year. It was meant to serve as an institute for the fighters to come train, rehabilitate injuries, and use UFC trainers and nutritionists to prepare for fights. That is why they had Octagons in the APEX, but even they were smaller than the regulation size of a UFC Octagon.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: UFC president Dana White interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Despite the issues, the UFC made the APEX their home when they had no choice. Since then, there have been multiple PPVs and events that have emanated out of the institute. It was similar to how the WWE moved their production to their Performance Center in Florida when the pandemic first hit, never missing a weekly show during that run.

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Now that the APEX era seems to be winding down, with the UFC returning to live crowds, we may not see this place host fights again. But it will live on in UFC history as the primary home for the company during the hardest year for sports businesses in recent memory.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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