The UFC is headed support to Texas.
The promotion presented Friday that UFC 262 will happen at Toyota Center in Houston on May per chance 15. A delicate-weight bout between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler headlines the cardboard, with the winner taking home the UFC championship vacated by the retired Khabib Nurmagomedov.
UFC President Dana White recently expressed ardour in maintaining an event in Texas rapidly after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive state on March 2 lifting all COVID-19 restrictions, permitting for industry to reopen at 100 percent capability. Abbott has additionally lifted county masks mandates.
The Toyota Center has a listed most capability of roughly 19,000 for reside shows.
For the reason that COVID-19 outbreak in March of closing twelve months, the UFC has essentially held events on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Here is the second event presented this month by the UFC to happen in a put with no attendance limits. UFC 261 on April 24, headlined by a rematch between welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal, will be hosted at VyStar Outmoded’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., which became once additionally the pickle for a trio of put up-outbreak events closing May per chance.
The UFC most recently visited Houston on Feb. 8, 2020, for UFC 247, an event headlined by Jon Jones defending the gentle heavyweight championship in opposition to Dominick Reyes.