Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently announced his decision to lift the statewide ban requiring masks be worn in public, which helps prevent the further spread of COVID-19. He also plans to open the state “100 percent” on March 10, 2021, meaning any and all businesses can operate at full capacity if they choose to do so.
Abbott’s decision was met with mixed reviews, with several people applauding him for taking action and allowing people to go back to what life was before the pandemic ran roughshod over the entire planet in March 2020. Others, meanwhile, weren’t too thrilled with the decision, suggesting that even though cases may be down, now is not to the time to be so relaxed.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President, Dana White, was among those who were excited about the news, saying that he intends to be the first sports organization to stage a full event in Texas.
“I want to go to Texas [as soon as possible],” he said during the UFC 259 media day press conference. “I’ll go in the next two, three weeks. I’m ready to roll. We’ll be first. We’ll open this thing up, we’ll sell it out and be on our way.”
In fact, White was so giddy that he even joked that he’d go as far as to move UFC 259 — which is set to go down this weekend (March 6, 2021) in Las Vegas, Nevada — to the “Lone Star State” if he could.
“I’m ready to go,” he explained. “I’d move [UFC 259] if we could. I told everybody when this opened up that I would be first and we would go first. And we will. If we could do it, we’d do it.”
White revealed that as soon as he heard Texas had lifted the multiple bans, he called up officials in Dallas to talk about hosting an event there; however, he was met with a resounding “no.” As a result, the outspoken president is now looking at Houston as a potential landing spot.
For now, all events will be held inside UFC Apex in “Sin City” unless White can convince the higher-ups in “H-Town” to let him invade Toyota Center. He might want to enlist the help of a certain “Black Beast” to aid him in his efforts.