The UFC is set to make history as the first sports event to be booked at the Las Vegas Sphere. Dana White announced at the UFC 295 post-fight press conference in New York that a card is scheduled for September 16 at the venue. White expressed his excitement for the event, mentioning that it would be a massive challenge, but he loves every minute of it. He also promised that the event would be “the greatest live combat sports show anybody has ever seen.”
White credited his “great relationship” with Sphere and Madison Square Garden Company chief James Dolan for helping to put together the deal. He admitted to “terrorizing” Dolan about the Sphere but ultimately saw his vision come to life. White explained that seeing U2’s residency at the Sphere inspired him to have the UFC be the first to broadcast live from the venue.
In an interview on ESPN’s “Pat McAfee Show,” White revealed that he had become obsessed with the Sphere in recent weeks. He mentioned that he had his production crew check out U2’s residency to gather ideas for visuals to surround the Octagon. White emphasized the incredible nature of the venue, expressing his admiration for the world’s largest domed theater.
The UFC has historically held most of its cards in Las Vegas, with its next event, the welterweight title fight between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington, scheduled for December 16 at the T-Mobile Arena. This year’s Mexican Independence Day event was also held at T-Mobile and featured a women’s flyweight championship bout, which ended in a split draw.
With the upcoming event at the Las Vegas Sphere, the UFC is set to create a landmark moment in sports history. The venue’s unique shape and capabilities are sure to make for an unforgettable live sports broadcast, fulfilling White’s promise of delivering a groundbreaking event.