“It’ll Save Us a Ton of Money”: Dana White Reveals the UFC Latest Business Venture

Published 05/05/2022, 10:10 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 20: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 189 World Media Tour Launch press conference at Maracanazinho on March 20, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC currently dominates the mixed martial arts business. With some of the best fighters on their roster, they have made their name synonymous with the sport. Most businesses look for opportunities for expansion. Similarly, the UFC is also looking to expand itself. Dana White shed some light on this.

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The UFC President appeared in an interview with Yahoo Sport’s Kevin Iole. White had previously mentioned the UFC would build its own hotel. Hence, Iole questioned White’s plans regarding the same.

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Answering the question, White said, “Yeah, so ever since the pandemic started, we’ve been renting this hotel out over on Tropicana. If that was our own hotel, we would have saved a ton of money. You know, there’s fighters coming in and out of here all the time with the PI. We do fights, you know, five to six fights a year here in Vegas.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SEPTEMBER 8, 2019: Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, at a news conference following a title unification bout between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at the UFC 242 mixed martial arts tournament. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

“Yes, we’re building our own hotel. It’ll be right here on property and yeah, it’ll save us a ton of money. … I think the hotel will actually go up on this other side, where the dirt is over here, across if you pull in our main gate at the headquarters here. The hotel will be there…”.

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White further tried to give Iole a bit more understanding of the exact location where the hotel would be located. Besides this, the promoter also revealed that the Apex will undergo a huge expansion. Thus, there will be more storage space and more seating.

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When asked the reason behind the Apex expansion, White explained that the Apex was built for Fight Pass. The pandemic might have been a hiccup in their plans. As a result, it would be interesting to see what their new Apex will look like.

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GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The UFC President also spoke about the upcoming UFC 274 event. The event is just around the corner and some of the best fighters will be seen fighting. Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje will be seen in a title fight.

Watch this story: Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje Stats: Record, Height, Reach, And More

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Similarly, Rose Namajunas and Carla Esparza will be a part of the women’s strawweight title bout. Michael Chandler and Tony Ferguson will also clash in the octagon. Thus, the upcoming event is about to be huge.

Which fight are you excited for?

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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