Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is just days away from its year-end pay-per-view (PPV) blockbuster event, UFC 245, which features a championship triple header atop the marquee this weekend (Sat., Dec. 14, 2019) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rather than a traditional fight week press conference, the promotion has opted for a more subdued “Athlete Panel” that will be broken up into two parts, keeping the fighters separate from their opponents for whatever reason. UFC 245’s “Athlete Panel” will begin at 4 p.m. today with the challengers: Colby Covington, Alexander Volkanovski and Germaine de Randamie. Then about 30 minutes later, the dais will be cleared for the champions: Kamaru Usman, Max Holloway and Amanda Nunes.
UFC analyst Megan Olivi will host the hour-long event, asking each athlete questions submitted via fans from UFC’s Twitter. Mixed martial arts (MMA) media in attendance will then have about 10 minutes to ask follow up questions.
UFC 245’s “Athlete Panel” will take place at LEVEL UP inside MGM Grand, which is adjacent to Hakkasan Nightclub and the Race & Sports Book. It is free and open to the public for those who are currently in Las Vegas, but it doesn’t sound like fight fans will be allowed to ask questions.
For those who can’t make it to “Sin City” today we’ve got you covered — the quasi press conference will stream live in the video player above. In addition, we will be provide additional coverage later tonight and throughout the weekend.
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