UFC Following Joe Biden’s inauguration
The UFC had its first numbered event of 2021 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, as Dustin Poirier beat Conor McGregor at UFC 257, and the organisation’s next few fights will be back in the United States, although Dana White has reservations about what might happen in the country.
White, the UFC president, spoke after the fight between Poirier and McGregor, pointing to the policies that new US president Joe Biden wants to implement, such as a 14-day quarantine for international travellers. This would therefore make it difficult for fighters to enter the States, so a return to Abu Dhabi is more feasible.
“I mean, if I had to map it out in my head we’d come back here [to Abu Dhabi] in June or July,” White said.
“Probably it’d be about that time. Who knows? While we were here, there was a new inauguration [in the US] and we’ll see what happens. Travelling in America and all this stuff is going to be another massive challenge for us this year.”
White intimated that McGregor could fight again, albeit at the Apex in Las Vegas in front of no fans, but that much depends on how the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and what restrictions the Biden government imposes.
“It sounds like things are tightening up over there [in the United States],” White contnued.
“Talking about 14-day quarantine like Canada and stuff like that. If that happens, that’s going to be a problem.
“I’m trying to do everything we can do. This situation is never going to be perfect, but Abu Dhabi is as close to perfect as you can get. I might have to move here this year.
“It’s as close to perfect as you can get. The way that these guys do everything. Everything in this country is done to the best of everybody’s ability. It’s incredible.”