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Dana White wants McGregor vs Poirier 3 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

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Unless a third pandemic wave forces him back to UFC APEX, Dana White is looking to put all of his future pay-per-view (PPV) events back into arenas with full crowds.

UFC 257: Poirier v McGregor Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

If things go Dana White’s way, UFC 260 will be the last Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) to be held inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC 261 is set for Jacksonville, Fla., on April 24, 2021, and UFC 262 for Houston, Texas, on May 15, 2021 ... potential death or permanent disability be damned. Both will feature full arenas full of fans. As for the much anticipated rubber match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier? UFC hopes it can hold it in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena.

“I hope so,” White said during UFC 260’s post-fight press conference. “We all hope so.”

As for when, nothing is set in stone, but Poirier let the cat out of the bag regarding the date all parties involved in the fight are targeting: July 10, 2021.

“What I’m hoping is we go to Jacksonville and then we go to Texas and then you know, Vegas, then we keep rolling with full, sold out events.”

White made it clear that UFC was itching to get back out on the road and be done with most events at UFC APEX altogether.

“Listen, don’t get me wrong, this is amazing, I’m sure it’s much easier for you guys, too,” he said. “We pull into the parking lot, roll in. This is like people getting lazy working at home. You leave your pajama bottoms on, put on a nice top for your computer screen zoom meeting. It’s the easy lazy way to do things. But this isn’t the right thing to do. We should be in sold out arenas. Packed, fans going crazy.

“Unfortunately we’re going to have to start traveling to all these cities again,” White continued. “But that’s the right thing to do. This is the easy lazy thing to do and it’s nice and it was awesome while it lasted, but hopefully this is over.”