Dana White Wants UFC Fans to Return in Style

Published 01/13/2021, 3:28 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 05: UFC president Dana White interacts with media during the UFC 226 Press Conference inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi will hold the first 3 fight cards of the year 2021. There will be some fans back in the stands for those events that have been confirmed.

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UFC President Dana White opened up on his thoughts about how he wants things to go on once all the fans are allowed to enter the arena.

“I would love to have everybody back. But I don’t know if that’s gonna happen for a while. But yeah, listen, this is not the decision that I would make,” stated White.

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 217 post-fight press conference event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

100% it’s just when we open an arena up to fans, again, it’s going to be like the first time we went to Toronto, it’s going to be the first time we went to New York City, it’s going to be a big, massive event like that.

“And, you know, sell out place will be packed place will be going crazy. Most of the people won’t have been to a live event in over a year, however long it’s going to be. And I just think it’s a lot more special. And it’ll be so much better when we can sell out,” he added.

It’s true that it’s been a different experience for the viewers to watch fights without fans, as there are no sounds or reactions in the empty arenas. But on a different note, the sound of hits and exchanges between fighters are very much audible. So, those have been a new spectacle too.

Dana White shared his experience of UFC without fans

There have been no fans in attendance since the start of the pandemic. White said how it’s been like for them to carry on events in empty arenas.

“Some of the fights that we’ve watched through this pandemic if the crowds were there would have been, I mean, think, think about the Joaquin Buckley. You know what I mean, Joaquin Buckley knockout, you know,” he said.

Kevin Holland’s knockout of ‘Jacare’, I mean, just some of these things that we’ve seen, have been so awesome. If you can just imagine what it would have been like, with a sold-out house?” White concluded.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: UFC President Dana White attends a news conference for the bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and McGregor will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Joaquin Buckley’s knockout over Impa Kasanganay made all the highlight reels possible. Many have tipped that to be the greatest knockout in UFC history. Fans would have erupted had they been present in the arena for that.

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What’s more, Kevin Holland came up with his own highlight-reel finish at UFC 256, as he knocked out Ronaldo Souza from the bottom position.

It was one of the most unusual finishes inside the Octagon ever. One can only imagine how much the UFC faithful would have liked to see that being present in the arena.

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It’s fair to say White has some valid points. Do you like the UFC with fans or without them? Let us know below.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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