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Hawaiian delegates meet with UFC officials to plan 2018 event in Halawa

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After watching Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) win its longstanding battle against “The Empire State” and finally stage its first-ever live event inside New York City’s Madison Square Garden, I’m convinced the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion can find a home anywhere in the world.

Like the song says: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

That includes Halawa, Hawaii, as delegates from “The Aloha State” recently traveled to UFC headquarters in Las Vegas to discuss the possibility of hosting a late summer or early fall event, according to KHON2, corroborating this recent report.

I guess promotion president Dana White isn’t afraid of a little rain after all.

No doubt that’s music to the ears of Hawaii’s top fighters, like reigning featherweight champion Max Holloway, along with former titleholder BJ Penn and welterweight attraction Yancy Medeiros.

Especially when you consider we’ve been talking about this since 2007.

Nothing is official at this time and no word yet if UFC will be required to construct a special arena like it did here, but it sounds like this is a question of when, not if.

Stay tuned.

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