Dana White is the no-holds-barred president of the UFC who has no time or patience for woke scolds, politics in sports, and newspapers questioning his decision to be the first sport to return in a major way since the pandemic.
White is massively stoked for UFC 261, the latest MMA event for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The much-anticipated event was originally supposed to be held in Singapore, but the coronavirus pandemic ended that scenario. White wanted fans to return and watch the live event, and found few places that would allow an indoor event of such magnitude. White discovered a friend in Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who welcomed UFC 261 to be held in Jacksonville and advertised the Sunshine State as an “oasis of freedom.”
All 15,000 tickets for UFC 261, which will be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night, sold out in minutes, and White called it “one of the fastest sell outs in UFC history.” UFC 261 will be the first major sporting event to have a full capacity crowd since COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions were implemented in the United States. The indoor event will not have social distancing and MMA fans will decide if they want to wear face masks or not: “It’s up to you. It’s your decision,” White told Yahoo! Sports.
“This is going to be the first full-throttle sporting event since COVID hit, indoor, anywhere in the United States,” DeSantis said. “I think it’s fitting. We wanted to be safe, but there’s a lot of stuff that comes at you from media, from social media, all this stuff. Some people don’t like to handle that. Dana White goes right into the teeth of that.”
Not everyone is enthusiastic about the full-capacity indoor event, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which wrote a story condemning UFC 261.
“At least 15,000 people are willing to risk permanent damage or death to attend a live sporting event again,” the opening sentence of a Review-Journal article read. The paper cited the disclaimer that says attending UFC 261 “may lead to exposure to COVID-19 and that contraction